This sad case of Mrs Lovelock illustrates the lengths some people will go to obtain what they believe is rightfully theirs.
Had Mrs Lovelock taken legal advice as to her position after Mr Meakin's death, she could potentially have made a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act for further provision than she received under the existing Will, which may well have resulted in what she tried to achieve in forging the Will.
Instead she will send the next 12 months behind bars.
The moral of the story? Don't be foolish; take professional advice.
A 74-year-old woman has been sentenced for using an invalid will in an attempt to remain in the home of the man she had lived with and cared. Joyce Lovelock, of May Street, Derby, presented the document to Norman Meakin's family after he died in September last year. It turned out that the two witnesses who had supplied signatures confirming they saw Mr Meakin sign the will had written their names on the document after his death. The will that the family possessed stated that Mr Meakin's estate should be divided between five relatives and Lovelock.