Sister controlled our mother, say brothers cut out of £1 million will

Three brothers who had been cut out of their mom’s £1million will are suing their sister, claiming she “lied” to ensure the inheritance got here to her. 

Anna Rea left her Tooting dwelling to her solely daughter, Rita Rea, 56, in a will drawn up eight months earlier than her loss of life aged 86 in 2016. Her three sons had been left empty-handed. 

Mrs Rea had cancelled a will from 1986 which break up the property equally between the 4 siblings, and in addition left behind a damning declaration that her sons had not cared for her in her later years. 

The brothers, Remo, Nino and David Rea, are actually suing their sister, claiming she “pressurised” their mom into altering the will.

“She was controlling our mother for her own benefit,” David Rea, 53, claimed on the High Court. “Rita told my mother that we abandoned her but we did not abandon her — she lied to my mother.”

Rita argues she supplied round the clock look after her mom after she suffered a coronary heart assault in 2009, transferring again into the household dwelling. 

In the declaration that accompanied the will, Italian-born Mrs Rea wrote: “My sons don’t assist with my care and there have been quite a few requires assist from me however they don’t seem to be partaking with any assist or help. 

“Hence ought to any of my sons problem my property I want my executors to defend any such declare, as they don’t seem to be depending on me and I don’t want for them to share in my property save what I’ve said on this will.”

David Rea, a bike race supervisor, insisted he had helped when attainable between busy touring schedules and he and his brothers had helped to arrange a care rota with their sister.

Remo Rea, 59, accepted his sister had taken on most of the care duties of their mom’s closing two years, however insisted the brothers “were also there constantly looking after our mother”. 

John Ward-Prowse, representing Ms Rea, stated their mom was a lady of “strong will” who had made her personal resolution on the inheritance, including {that a} solicitor and physician who noticed her in 2016 imagine she was appearing independently.

Rita Rea denied influencing her mom’s selections, telling the court docket: “I could not take advantage of her, she was a very strong lady and always assertive.”

Judge Jonathan Arkush has reserved his resolution within the case and will give a ruling at a later date.

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