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Limerick Estate Sale Sparks Legal Dispute

In a courtroom drama unfolding at the Lend Judges Court today, the focus was squarely on a summons brought forward by Richard Heed and the Sec. H. E. Trustees and Executors of the late Thomas Gabbett’s will, originating from Castlelyons, Co. Cork. The crux of the matter revolved around the sale of certain assets linked to the estate, particularly a property situated in Co. Limerick.

Thomas Gabbett’s will stipulated the disposition of his assets, including a notable mansion, house, and demesne lands in Lisnagry, Co. Limerick. These properties had been sold to tenants under the Land Act of 1903, with the proceeds earmarked for his trustees to manage under specific trusts.

Of particular interest to the court was whether the wording of the will, specifically the phrase “and the proceeds thereof,” encompassed certain bonuses related to the sale. Wyndham Gabbett, as a beneficiary, had a vested interest in the remainder of the estate. However, the interpretation of the will’s language became a contentious issue, leading to legal proceedings.

Mr Justice Ross presiding over the case carefully considered previous legal precedents from both England and Ireland. Ultimately, he ruled that the bonuses in question constituted a separate entity from the proceeds of the sale. This decision clarified that the bonuses did not form part of the specific devise outlined in the will but rather fell within the residuary estate.

The courtroom saw representation from various legal counsels. Mr Littledele and Mr Pear, supported by Mr R. A. MacNamara, appeared for the plaintiff, while Mr Conner, S.C., and Mr H. L. Conner represented Miss W. Gabbett, one of the residuary legatees. Additionally, Edward Fitzgerald, instructed by Messrs. D. and T. Hurley, appeared for Lily Augusta Morgan Gabbett, widow of a beneficiary.

The outcome of the case not only settled the immediate dispute but also provided clarity on the interpretation of testamentary language, impacting future legal matters involving estate administration and distribution.

Dublin Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 21 April 1915

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