Father’s legacy caught in ‘legal limbo’ for 12 years in ongoing will dispute

An elderly brother and sister have found themselves embroiled in a long-running legal battle over a small fortune, after their father passed away in 2004.

Mr Ted Townsend left his £2million fortune to son and daughter, Edward Townsend, 67, and Fay Crabbe, 74 – to be split equally between the two parties, according to the late father’s will.

But Mr Townsend’s legacy has been stuck in a ‘legal limbo’ for the past 12 years, after the duo found themselves at loggerheads over his estate – which includes a house, a portfolio of shares worth £1.1m and a successful caravan and holiday park in Oxfordshire.

A Court heard how the brother and sister clashed over a 2.5 acre tract in Dorchester on Thames, said to be worth £135,000.

The disgruntled siblings also rowed over who would pay the late Mr Townsend’s £396,000 inheritance tax bill, a Judge was told.

“This has been hanging over us for almost 12 years and it’s still not been settled. It’s a nightmare,” said son, Mr Edward Townsend.

“The reason I don’t meet with my sister is because, on one occasion at Bridge Villa, she slapped my face and I vowed I’d never be put in that position again,” he told Judge John Martin QC in Court.

The case continues, with both parties determined to secure their fair share of their late father’s legacy.