Norman Chester Wathey wants court to seal his father’s estate

POSTED: 01/4/12 12:01 PM

St. Maarten – Norman Chester Wathey is taking his siblings to court on April 3, asking the judge to give him permission to seal and describe his father’s estate and to determine that these actions are conducted by notary M.M. Boekhoudt. Wathey also asks the court to appoint Boekhoudt as the notary charged with dividing the estate.

Wathey furthermore asks the court to order his siblings to give account of their actions with respect to the estate, under threat of a penalty of $60,000 per day for non-compliance. He also demands a copy of the complete file about the estate under threat of a penalty of $10,000 per day for non-compliance.

Norman Chester Wathey, formerly Stanley Leopold Hughes, was born out of wedlock as the son of Norman Chester Wathey. He has been in court for years, first to establish paternity, and then to claim his part of the estate. He once estimated his share’s worth at $70 million.

He has now taken his father’s widow, her four daughters and a woman who is a co-heir to court.

On July 24 of last year, the Common Court of Justice ruled that Wathey is entitled to his share of the estate. This ruling has in the meantime become irrevocable. The court ruled that Wathey is entitled to a share equal to that of the four daughters. The court also ruled that the defendants had to divide and share the estate.

The seventh defendant in the case is notary Francis Gijsbertha. “During the procedure which resulted in the verdict by the Common Court, and afterwards, the notary has said that Wathey may do whatever he wants but that he will never receive a penny from the estate,” Wathey’s attorney mr. C.A. Peterson writes in the brief he submitted to the court in November. “Because my client has no confidence in this notary as an independent and integer person who stands above parties, Wathey and the defendants have agreed to charge notary Boekhoudt with the division of the estate.”

But in spite of several requests by Boekhoudt the defendants refuse to supply the notary with information. “They are busy delaying and frustrating the division.”

The brief also accuses the defendants of embezzling parts of the estate away. Shares from Wathey-owned companies have been transferred to third parties, the brief charges. For this reason, Wathey has now asked the court to seal the estate.

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