Our previous article focused on the rumours that George Michael’s partner, Fadi Fawaz, was advancing a claim under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the 1975 Act).
Based on the fact that George Michael died without a spouse or any children there has been a lot of speculation as to whom he had decided to leave his multi-million pound estate to. The press have reported that the beneficiaries of George Michael's will have all been contacted, but there was no provision for Mr Fawaz. The beneficiaries are reported to be George Michael’s two sisters, various members of staff and some charities.
It has further been reported that not only is Mr Fawaz advancing a claim against the estate, but George Michael's previous partner, Kenny Goss is also making a claim, the basis of which is that ‘he helped the troubled singer through hard times’ and that the singer had promised him that he would be looked after upon his death.
Without the facts it is impossible to comment as to the validity of both Mr Fawaz's and Mr Goss's claims. However, Mr Goss will likely struggle to advance a claim purely on the basis that George Michael promised that he would be looked after upon his death. The reports are alluding to a proprietary estoppel claim which, if this is the case, for Mr Goss to be successful he will have to evidence:
- an assurance or representation (the promise) made by the George Michael to him
- that he relied on the representation
- that he suffered a detriment as a result.
We have a dedicated Contentious Trust and Probate Team who are able to assist both claimants and defendants with claims of this nature. Please do get in contact if you would like to discuss your case. Law covered as at September 2018.