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Daughter ‘lied to elderly mum to grab £1,000,000 home’, say brothers

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Rita Rea exterior London’s High the place she accused her brothers of ‘abandoning’ their mom (Picture: Champion News)

Three brothers are suing their sister as a result of they had been reduce out of their elderly mom’s will shortly earlier than she died.

They declare the sister ‘lied’ to their mom so as to get her palms on the £1,000,000 household residence.

Anna Rea, 86, died in 2016, leaving her home to her daughter Rita, 56, however giving her sons nothing.

The pensioner drew up her final will eight months earlier than dying, cancelling out a will she made in 1986 through which she break up her property equally between the siblings.

Anna left a word on the need claiming her sons had left Rita to be her ‘sole carer’, ignoring their mom’s ‘numerous calls for help’, a courtroom heard.

But brothers Remo, Nino and David are combating for equal shares within the household residence in London, accusing Rita of mendacity to their mom.

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Brenda Road, Tooting, the place Anna Rea spent her last years (Picture: Google Maps)

Italian-born Anna had all the time had a ‘soft spot’ for her daughter, who moved again residence to look after her in 2009 after the pensioner suffered a coronary heart assault, the courtroom was instructed.

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Rita’s attorneys stated she spent ’24 hours a day’ taking care of her mum in her last years.

She was left virtually all of Anna’s fortune within the form of the home in Tooting, London, on a highway the place homes go for up to £1 million.

Rita’s barrister instructed the choose Anna defined her change of coronary heart in a word connected to the need that stated: ‘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.

‘My sons haven’t taken care of me and my daughter Rita has been my sole carer for a few years.

‘Hence should any of my sons challenge my estate I wish my executors to defend any such claim, as they are not dependent on me and I do not wish for them to share in my estate save what I have stated in this will.’

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Rita and her brothers are battling in courtroom over their household residence in Tooting (Picture: PA)

After funeral bills, Anna’s sons can be left with nothing, London’s heard.

David, 53, instructed the choose: ‘Rita instructed my mom that we deserted her however we didn’t abandon her.

‘She lied to my mother that we abandoned her. She was controlling our mother for her own benefit.’

He stated he had helped every time he might between busy touring schedules as a motorcycle race supervisor and that he and his brothers had arrange a care rota with their sister.

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He added: ‘This was a lady who was a loving mom and devoted to her youngsters. But for some motive she determined to revoke the need she made in 1986.

‘That will was made a number of days after Rita had an argument with me.

‘It can’t be a coincidence that the making of the need got here solely days after she fell out with me.

‘The reason stated was that her sons had neglected her but that was something which she must have known to be a lie. We say that the court has heard enough evidence to support the fact that the will was the creation of Rita, and not our mother.’

Rita’s lawyer stated Anna was a lady of ‘strong will’ who knew her personal thoughts and {that a} solicitor and physician who noticed her close to the time of the will-writing agreed she knew what she was doing.

Rita added: ‘I could not take advantage of her, she was a very strong lady and always assertive.’

Remo, 59, stated he and his brothers had been ‘constantly’ taking care of their mom over time however that within the final two or three ‘Rita maybe took control of everything’.

Judge Jonathan Arkush reserved his choice within the case, to be given at a later date.

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