Family killer fails in legal bid for estate from behind bars

Man launches legal bid from behind bars after stabbing partner and child

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Family of Lisa Clay 'relieved' by ruling

The family of a woman who was stabbed to death by her partner, who failed in a bid to legally inherit her estate from behind bars, say they're relieved by the judge's ruling.

Keith Etherington from Slater & Gordon has been representing the family.

Lisa Clay's family: justice has been done

The family of Lisa and Joseph Clay, stabbed to death by Paul Chadwick say "justice has been done" after he was refused the right to inherit her estate.

In a statement released through her solicitor, Lisa Clay’s aunt Greta Squires welcomed the ruling.

The statement said: “It is our belief that justice has been done. We have faced a nine-month ordeal preparing for this case. We have had to relive the harrowing details of Lisa and Joseph’s death and listen to Chadwick pleading the victim in court.

“But we were willing to bear this torment to defend the principle that crime should not pay.

“We hope this is the end of this matter and we are able find peace and know that Lisa and Joseph’s memory has not been violated by this killer.”

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Man to find out if he'll inherit from the partner he killed

A man who stabbed his wife and son to death in Lancashire will find out if he'll inherit their £200,000 estate. Paul Chadwick was detained in a mental health unit after he admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility. He launched a legal battle telling the court his wife Lisa Clay would have wanted him to have the money claiming he was "very unwell" when he took her life and their son's at their home in Bolton-Le-Sands in April 2013.

Lisa Clay and her son Joseph were stabbed to death in April 2013 Credit: ITV Granada

Legally he's entitled to half the proceeds of any sale of their bungalow but he wants the full amount plus other monies that were in Miss Clay's name at the time of her death. Chadwick has told the judge at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre that "he is not motivated by money".
A ruling is expected later.

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