Court decides fate of $2m estate because of Alzheimer's

THE fate of an Ipswich woman's $2 million estate has been decided through a court because advanced Alzheimer's disease has stolen her capacity to make a will.

The woman - who is not named to protect her from identity fraud in her vulnerable state - has no current spouse and no children.

She an extensive estate including a $350,000 property at Eastern Heights at Ipswich, $400,000 property at Maleny on the Sunshine Coast, a $350,000 property at Booval and a $465,000 unit at Ascot in Brisbane.

She also has household contents and superannuation worth more than $400,000, a share portfolio worth more than $200,000 and about $27,000 in a bank account.

Justice Ann Lyons, in a judgment published this week, said there were concerns no will meant her "extensive" estate would go to family members that she did not have a close relationship with.

She said the woman and her brother shared the same father but they had four step siblings from their mother's previous marriage.

Justice Lyons said the woman, who is at Ipswich Hospital awaiting placement in an aged care facility, grew up in a grossly dysfunctional family where her and her brother suffered physical and emotional abuse.

She approved a will appointing the woman's former husband as the executor - noting they had a long relationship and remained close friends.

An antique 1920s gold necklace will go to the man's niece while her Eastern Heights property will go to another niece and nephew.

The woman was an animal lover and will bequeath $10,000 to the RSPCA.

The woman's former husband, who is already her estate administrator, will receive the rest of her estate.

Justice Lyons said independent witnesses, with no benefits from the will, had given evidence that those were the woman's wishes.

She said she was satisfied all parties with a possible interest had been notified.

"I am satisfied that the proposed will is one that she would be likely to make if she had testamentary capacity," she said.



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