In St. Lucia, an illiterate fisherman has been engaged in a long struggle over the estate of the English Lord whom he used to serve. Despite inheriting millions, the man continues to live in poverty.
The late British Lord Glennconner was known as a wealthy partier who often entertained royalty at his home in St. Lucia. Both of his children predeceased him, so he decided to leave his entire estate, which consisted mostly of his home, to his longtime servant.
The servant is an illiterate fisherman named Kent Adonai.
The value of the estate was approximately £20 million, according to the Daily Mail in “Cursed inheritance of the £20million manservant: Illiterate fisherman, who was left his master’s entire fortune, is still living in poverty – and locked in a legal battle as colourful as it is bizarre.”
The trouble began when Lord Glennconner’s grandson found out about his grandfather’s estate. He sued and started a long legal battle against the impoverished fisherman. Adonai was left with no money to live on other than the ability to sell a few pieces of furniture that were left to him and that are not a part of the dispute.
Despite that, Adonai paid for Lord Glennconner’s funeral out of his own money.
Eventually, the two sides reached an agreement and decided to split the estate in half. However, the agreement has never been formally settled.
This is obviously an unusual case.
There are times when wealthy people do decide to leave their estates to their longtime servants. Nevertheless, that is not usually done by cutting all of their family out of their estate plans, because doing so invites this type of litigation.
Reference: Daily Mail (Feb. 5, 2017) “Cursed inheritance of the £20million manservant: Illiterate fisherman who was left his master’s entire fortune is still living in poverty – and locked in a legal battle as colourful as it is bizarre.”