According to Judge C.A. Gilmore, Jamaican-born Rector Emanuel (Eric) Spence’s will is invalid because it’s racist. This is the first time that a will has been nullified under Canadian law because it flies in the face of public policy.
Mr. Spence cut ties with his daughter when he learned that she was having a baby by a white man. When he died in 2013, instead of leaving her $400,000 as originally intended, he left it to another daughter in the U.K. who he hardly knew.
The father and daughter had a wonderful relationship until 2002.
“Verolin’s relationship with her father came to a dramatic end. She told her father that she was pregnant and that the father of her child was Caucasian. Her father exclaimed that he was ashamed of Verolin and from that point onwards, the deceased restricted his communication with her … He would not allow a white man’s child in his house,” the National Post reports.
Mr. Spence also decided not to have a relationship with his grandson, Alexander, who is now 11 years old. He was even heard referring to the child as his daughter’s “bastard white son.”
According to the Post, some legal experts question the decision.
“The ruling has been declared fascinating by several lawyers who study and specialize in estate law. Courts obviously do not hold up wills that grant assets on the condition that heirs do something illegal to obtain them — but being a racist isn’t illegal,” reported the Post.
What do you think? Did the judge make the right decision or was the father entitled to disinherit the daughter for whatever reason he pleased?