Son admits forging father's Will to cut out brother

By Lenore Rice

A man has admitted forging a Will in order to make him the sole beneficiary of his deceased father's £49,000 estate.

Peter Brightly, aged 51 from Shropshire, was named an executor in a Will executed in 2010 by his father, which also left him an inheritance of £11,000. His brother was to receive the same inheritance amount, and the rest was to go to various charities. A solicitors firm was named as joint executors of the Will, and when Mr Brightly's father passed in April 2013, the solicitors contacted Peter Brightly to enquire if any more recent Wills had been made. Mr Brightly then sent them what he claimed to be an updated Will, which removed the inheritance for his brother and the charities and made him the sole beneficiary.

The solicitors raised concerns about the Will as the signature did not resemble the one on the 2010 Will. However, Mr Brightly did eventually receive the £49,000 but he then handed himself in at the local police station and admitted to forging the Will. He has paid most of the money he received fraudulently.

The Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that Mr Brightly was a full-time carer for his disabled wife and was concerned that she was about to lose her benefits at the time. Judge Peter Barrie handed Mr Brightly a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 2 years, and ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

If you require advice or information about making a Will or contesting a Will, contact one of the probate solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9293.