Court grants Leo Hughes his share of the Wathey-estate

POSTED: 06/27/11 2:08 PM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice ruled on Friday that Stanley Leopold Hughes is a legal child of the late Norman Chester Wathey and that he is entitled to his legitimate portion of the estate.

The court ordered Wathey’s six daughters – Joyceline, Wilma, Norma, Brenda, Wenda Wathey and Maureen Richardson – to divide the estate taking Hughes’ claim into account. Hughes has legally changed his name to Norman Chester Wathey II.

The court ordered notary Francis Gijsbertha to acknowledge Hughes as heir and to involve him in the completion of the estate.

The court declared its ruling “uitvoerbaar bij voorraad” which means that parties have to abide by the ruling even if they plan to go in cassation to the Supreme Court.

In the past, Norman Chester Wathey II has estimated his claim to be worth around $70 million.

The court ruled that the testator’s acknowledgement in the will of Maureen Richardson as his daughter is void and that she does not count in calculation Hughes’ claim to his legitimate portion of the estate. “This leaves unhindered the fact that Richardson can claim part of the inheritance based on the will.”

The court rejected a proposal to start a procedure to establish the late Wathey’s paternity of Richardson, because Hughes objected to this, and also because no steps have been taken yet to start this procedure.

 

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