A mat­ter of life and death

Country Life Every Week - - Property Comment -

Some­one who had an ex­tremely pre­scrip­tive in­struc­tion as to whom to sell to was Alan How­ick of How­ick and Brooker. Sev­eral years pre­vi­ously, a man who was pass­ing had knocked on the door of the cot­tage in ques­tion, ex­plained to the old lady who lived there that he had fallen in love with the look of the place and asked if she wanted to sell. She said no, but took his busi­ness card. Her ex­ecu­tors later found she had writ­ten in her will that this gen­tle­man was to have first re­fusal to buy her cot­tage.

Mr How­ick had an­other ex­ecu­tor want­ing a quick sale. The owner had been mur­dered and ‘in the hall, chalk marks of the body’s out­line were still vis­i­ble and coloured stick­ers in the shape of ar­rows were seem­ingly ev­ery­where, placed by the crime-scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion team and not to be touched’. This pre­sented a chal­lenge when pho­tograph­ing the prop­erty, es­pe­cially as ‘at the time, the whole fam­ily was busily stick­ing Post-it notes ev­ery­where stip­u­lat­ing which fam­ily member had claimed which items’.

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