Mistress Battles Widow Over £2.5m Fortune
The Law Of… Disputes Over The Estate
Entrepreneur Baldev Kohli left a £2.5 million estate behind in his Will. His alleged mistress, with whom he had a child, claims they too should have been included in the Will. A legal battle is now underway over the division of Mr Kohli's assets between his widow and former mistress.
Nur Al-Zubeydi, Wills Solicitor, explains the story in its entirety.
Melissa Proles met Mr Kohli at Weybridge's exclusive St George's Tennis Club. The two began their romance shortly after, supposedly living under the same roof until 2013, six months before their daughter was born.
Miss Proles claims that Kohil "doted on the girl" and called her things such as "his princess". Miss Proles went on to say that Mr Kohli would not want his daughter to go without getting a penny of his fortune.
Proles is now requesting that the court grant her daughter 'reasonable provision' from Mr Kohli's estate, but faces fierce opposition from his widow, Mrs Harjeet Kaur Kohli.
The Estate And The Claim
Mr Kohli made his fortune in the pharmaceuticals business and through property investment. The entirety of his estate, which is roughly a £2.5 million fortune, was left to his widow, Mrs Kohli.
Miss Proles main issue in getting her case of the ground is based on whether or not Mr Kohli was considered as 'domiciled' in England when he died. Mr. Kohli's solicitor claims that he made a conscious decision to return home to India at the time of his illness, and that supposedly doubted his paternity over Miss Proles' daughter.
However, Miss Proles own solicitor argues that there is clear evidence Mr Kohli was "setting down roots" in the UK before his diagnosis. He had multiple business and property enterprises in England, as well as long-standing memberships at exclusive health clubs.
The hearing is currently still in process, with both sides expecting to present more evidence in favour of their claims.
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