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Man Excludes Family From His Will And Leaves All His Money To A Friend

A man named Daniel Sharp had allegedly cleaned up Ronald Butcher's gutters, and would not accept a payment. The two became fast friends for six years before Butcher's death at the age of 75 in March 2013. Butcher liked Sharp so much that he left around $770,000 in his will to Sharp, effectively cutting out his entire family.

Butcher reportedly made the change to his will two months before he passed away. His family doesn't believe his will reflects his "true last wish."

Butcher's family includes his cousin Joyce Gilkerson, and Evelyn Hutchins and Peter Rogers, the children of a close friend who called Butcher “Uncle Ron." They want Judge Lesley Anderson QC to invalidate the will in favor of an earlier version that names them as beneficiaries.

Before Butcher's change, the three relatives were listed as equal beneficiaries. Sharp was surprised to be included in the will and states that he had nothing to do with the change.

Sharp told the judge, "When I first cleaned out his gutter he offered me a tenner or 20 quid for it, but I said no, I wouldn’t take it. It was a nothing job that took seconds. I was shocked to be given something like that. It’s life-changing. Nobody gives you nothing in life." Butcher's body wasn't found until two months after he died in his Enfield, England home.

Hutchins did admit that she and her brother saw him more often before her mother died. Although, Sharp's lawyer claimed that she had "slowly lost contact" with Butcher. Hutchins said on the witness stand, “One or other of us would go and see him every break we had. I had tried to pop in around March and had phoned.” The trial is ongoing.

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