Judge warns Lambton family to halt expensive inheritance fight

Judge warns Lambton family to halt expensive inheritance fight

A judge has warned Lord Lambton's family to give up their expensive inheritance fight.

You may recall that Lord Lambton, who had lived in a mansion in Tuscany for 30 years until his death in 2006,had four children, but named his son, Edward Lambton as the sole heir to his estate.

This decision shocked and angered Edward, Lord Durham’s three sisters – Beatrix, Anne and Lucinda – all of whom believe they are entitled to a significant portion of the £12 million estate.

Since that time, the three sisters and their brother have slugged it out in British courts and now it seems, are turning their attention to the Italian mansion left by their father.

Court costs to date total in excess of £750,000, which Mr Justice Etherton ordered Lord Durham to pay last week, along with the request to submit a narrower claim of which of Lord Lambton’s assets should be protected under English law.

Because Lord Lambton left much of his estate in Italy, Lord Durham is keen to protect the Italian assets left to him and served a High Court writ in May this year. The three sisters however, argue that the Italian court, not the English court, should decide what they ultimately receive.

In turn, Mr Justice Etherton has warned that the fight may continue in the Italian courts, in turn resulting in more expensive court costs – leaving little to be distributed from the original estate.

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