Was Jimmy Hill right to deliberately exclude his children when appointing attorneys to manage his estate?
Jimmy Hill married three times, got divorced twice and has five adult children from the first two marriages. His youngest son Jamie 46 and daughter Joanna 50 (both from his second marriage) made their father’s dementia public suggesting, as his children, they should have a say over his health and financial welfare decisions now that he has become incapacitated.
The article informs us that Jimmy appointed his current wife, Byrony, together with their firm of solicitors. At the time Jimmy could not choose between his children and decided, rather than have a family rift, to exclude them altogether.
In fact, his children were unaware he had prepared his Lasting Powers of Attorney until 3 years later, in 2008, when he was unfortunately diagnosed. They then requested that the lawyer stepped down and was replaced by one of them. This was declined.
It’s a shame his children decided to go public but was their exclusion a master stroke? He and Byrony have no children so has he eliminated any family in-fighting? Although they were not happy, surely his children should have trusted his judgement and accepted his decisions.
Hopefully Jimmy will have a long and comfortable life and pass peacefully leaving his estate to his family as recorded in his Will.
In the meantime, Jimmy has given us a shining example of how Lasting Powers of Attorney ensure our affairs and estates are managed according to our wishes.
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