Stepdaughter ‘cut out’ of Will fights for £8m slice of wealthy hotelier’s estate

The stepdaughter of a wealthy hotelier will fight for a share of her late stepmother’s £25million fortune at the High Court, according to reports.

Ms Laurel Roberts, 61, claims that she was unfairly ‘cut out’ of her stepmother Pauline Milbour’s will when she passed away in 2014.

The disgruntled stepdaughter has teamed up with her niece Francesca – and the duo claim that they should be entitled to an £8m share of the late Mrs Milbour’s fortune as “reasonable financial provision” for their future.

Mrs Milbour, a successful London hotelier who had built up an estate worth approximately £16m over the years, and owned a £9m property in Bayswater, left almost all of her fortune to her biological daughter Luanne Fresco.

However, reports suggest that the multi-millionaire hotel owner was previously married to Laurel Roberts’ father Leonard Milbour for 42 years and that despite her “great wealth and the length of her marriage,” she had left her ex-husband a “miserly” sum, and her stepdaughter absolutely nothing.

Mr Mibour passed away “before it was possible for him to start a claim,” but Ms Roberts and Ms Fresco are fighting for a substantial slice of the hotelier’s fortune.

Judge Monty of the High Court has allowed the dispute to proceed to trial, where the duo will claim a stake in the family home and an £8m share of the family wealth.

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Nigel is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in the London office of Mackrell Turner Garrett.