"Challenging the validly of a will is becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly due to high profile and unusual cases in the media which have fuelled the public’s knowledge of the ability to do this in certain circumstances. However, this is a bizarre case where Ms Henderson, the deceased’s wife, challenged the validity of an earlier will which left the majority of the estate to the deceased’s daughter and argued a second home made will leaving everything to her, was valid. Interestingly, the second will was purportedly found in an empty bag of Doritos in the deceased’s loft! The court looked at the circumstances surrounding the second will which aside from being home made and contained a number of glaring errors. The second will was found to be forged.
Unfortunately, there is nothing to stop someone challenging the validity of a will, and indeed there are circumstances where there are genuine concerns about a will which need to be explored. But it is important to seek legal advice both to ensure it is properly drafted to help avoid your will being challenged, or if you have concerns about the validity or circumstances surrounding the making of a will."
A gold-digging wife has been branded a liar for trying to land her late husband’s £600,000 fortune with a “ridiculous” forged will she claimed to have found in an empty Doritos packet. But a judge has now ruled the document, which would have landed Ms Henderson a £550,000 windfall, was an obvious forgery, riddled with errors, and her story about finding it in a crisp packet was “ridiculous”. Ms Henderson may now face further legal proceedings from Mr Davies’ daughter for more than £42,000 in rent at the Harrow home during the legal dispute