Canoe fraudster cut our of father's will

A man famous for faking his own death in an insurance scam inherited nothing after his father cut him out of his will, it has been revealed.

John Darwin, who is currently serving a jail term along with wife Anne for fraud, was removed by his father Ronald - who died last year aged 91 - with two siblings sharing the money instead.

Mr and Mrs Darwin had secretly set up home in Panama with life insurance money paid out after the hoax canoe accident, before he walked into a police station in 2007 claiming to be suffering amnesia.

The plot was uncovered after pictures of the pair were spotted on a Panama estate agent's website.

Those keen to make alterations to wills can write a DIY will.

Last week property portal Shelter Offshore said it is particularly important for those moving abroad to write a will.

One important factor in the process is ensuring that it is legally binding both in Britain and the new country of residence, the portal noted.

Written by Christopher Evans

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Published on: June 22, 2009

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