multi-million estate


PHOTO: 123RF Four children have won a payout over their late father’s trust, after being cut out of his will.

A “strict and dominating” Catholic father cut five of his children from his will after he felt they deserted the religion.

But five years after his death, a High Court heard Jack Enright’s will was “morally and legally questionable” and awarded four of the five out-of-pocket siblings nearly $1 million each.

Enright built up a trust – valued at $11.5 million in 2009 – through building homes in Queenstown, a property development business and ownership of a 10,000 hectare farm, Dunstan Burn Station, in Central Otago.

After the death of his wife Jean in 1974 to cancer, Enright was a domineering presence as the sole caregiver for the six children, according to the judgment.