"Interesting article where the court has sensibly taken a sceptical view on a claim based on a ‘deathbed’ promise. The judge saw through the claim that Mrs Exler’s entire estate (nearly £1 million worth) had been left to one brother who it was found had a misplaced view that he was entitled to the estate, contrary to the rights of other family members."
An 86-year-old widower who claimed his sister gave him her £900,000 house on her deathbed has been slammed by a judge for his "shameless sense of entitlement". Throwing out Stephen Keeling's claim, Judge Charles Hollander QC said the pensioner had "shamelessly rode roughshod" over the rights of other family members, including his dementia sufferer brother, Frank, aged 87. The " thoroughly blinkered" Mr Keeling "insisted" that his sister, Ellen Exler, be separated from her beloved dogs and moved into a nursing home against her will. Although Mrs Exler's estate was worth close to £1 million, disabled Frank would have been left with only about £3,000 had Mr Keeling won the case. The judge's ruling means the estate will now be split three ways between the two brothers and two of their nieces.