Carer wins survivor’s fortune
THE CARER of an elderly Holocaust survivor has triumphed in a High Court battle fought over her £1.3m fortune.
Tanya Vasileva looked after her friend Gertrude Stanley — who had made her home in London after fleeing the Nazis — for four years as the octogenarian’s health gradually deteriorated.
Mrs Stanley died in December 2009, aged 89, believing she had no living relatives; her sister died in a concentration camp. She promised her Hampstead flat to Miss Vasileva in return for the years of care she had given her.
But she made no will and a legal wrangle ensued after professional genealogist Peter Birchwood traced two distant cousins of Mrs Stanley.
Following Mrs Stanley’s death, Miss Vasileva — who had cared part-time for the widow since 2005 — moved into her flat.
Acting on behalf of Mrs Stanley’s estate, Mr Birchwood argued Miss Vasileva was a “trespasser” who should be made to pay £50,000 for her years of rent-free occupation. But His Honour Judge Mark Raeside ruled that Mrs Stanley did promise the flat to her carer. He awarded Miss Vasileva £20,000 and dismissed the claim against her.
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