Millionaire, 94, leaves nothing in his will to his partner of 42 years - but judge overturns it

Wynford Hodge owned Parsonage Farm and Caravan Park in Wales (Picture: Google)

A millionaire landowner left nothing in his will to his partner of 42 years, only for a judge to overturn it.

Wynford Hodge died last year aged 94, but left nothing to his partner, Joan Thompson, 79.

However, a judge at the High Court in Cardiff said Mr Hodge’s belief that she would be fine financially was a “mistake”.

Mr Hodge, who suffered from prostate cancer, owned Parsonage Farm and Caravan Park near Amroth in Wales and was worth more than £1.5 million when he died.

His partner had lived with him for 42 years before his death. However, he said he did not want her or her children to inherit any of his money.


He had made ten wills before his death, the High Court heard.

In his final will, he left all of his wealth to his tenants, Karla Evans and Agon Berisha, who worked at his properties.

He said Ms Thompson was “financially comfortable” and didn’t need any of his money.

Judge Milwyn Jarman pointed out she had only been left with savings of about £2,500.

The judge ruled that Mr Hodge failed to meet his responsibilities to his partner and awarded Ms Thompson a cottage on the estate worth £225,000.

Ms Thompson will also receive almost £190,000 to pay for the renovation of the cottage and to give her financial security.

Ms Thompson moved into a caravan at the farm with her son in the 1970s and was Mr Hodge’s main carer when his health deteriorated.