John P Hagan Solicitors , JPH LAW Portadown Probate News
Jimmy Savile died on 29 October 2011. The current value of his estate, after allowing for a range of expenses that have been incurred, was about £3.3 million. Jimmy Savile left a will. Its executor and Jimmy Savile’s personal representative was National Westminster Bank plc (“the Bank”).
In the Matter of the Administration of the Estate of Jimmy Savile, sub nom National Westminster Bank PLC v Lucas and others  EWHC 653 (Ch) Ch D. (Sales J.)
Various individuals were named in the will as beneficiaries (“the individual beneficiaries”). These included a small number of close relatives and friends, each of whom was given a relatively modest bequest.
However, under the will, the bulk of the residue of Jimmy Savile’s estate was left to the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust (“the Trust”). That Trust was intended to serve a number of very worthwhile and valid charitable causes, including Help for Heroes.
First news of the abuse claims
On 4th October 2012 a television programme was broadcast accusing Jimmy Savile of being a serial child abuser and sex offender. As a result of that programme and the publicity and further investigations into Jimmy Savile’s activities which followed, a large number of people (“the PI Claimants”) came forward to make claims that they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile. At present 139 persons have made personal injury claims based on these allegations. The great majority of these claimants are being represented by Slater & Gordon, solicitors.
In addition, there are satellite claims by the PI Claimants against and possible claims to contribution from the estate by such institutions as the BBC, “Mind”, Bernardo’s and such like (“the Third Party Defendants”).
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