In The Name of My Father’s Estate (Episode 39)


By Peter Lee

While John Lee (Lee Sr’s eldest son and Co-Administrator) and Connie (Lee Sr’s second wife and Co-Administrator) were travelling in John’s car, John tried to convinced Connie to renounce her rights to the entitlement of three properties which Lee Sr jointly owned with his first wife, Mrs Patricia Lee. As both of them argued over this, Connie suddenly developed a severe headache and felt faint. John immediately brought her back to her house to get her medication. Once she recovered after taking her medicine, John asked “Are you okay?” Connie nodded with a yes. John probed further “What happened to you?” Connie explained “I have been having a bout of severe headaches lately and when it occurs I feel as if I am going to faint.” John then asked “Have you seen a doctor about this?” to which Connie acknowledged that it was time for her to go for a medical check up.

John then said “I think it’s best that we discuss about the properties some other time after you get well.”  In response, Connie said “That is not necessary. I think I am better now and we can have our discussion here.” John then continued and said ‘’As I had mentioned earlier, I think you know what my family wants and it’s whether you will renounce your rights to the entitlement of these properties without asking for any payment.” Connie took a deep breath and closed her eyes for a moment. When she opened her eyes, she said “Before I decide I want you to show me a valuation report from a valuer on the value of these properties.” John then asked again “Connie, why can’t you give this up since we have agreed on most of the major assets under my father’s name. After all, your family is going to walk away with a hefty sum of father’s estate once the rest of the other assets are distributed when we obtain the Letter of Administration (L.A.).”

“You must remember that it also includes overseas assets. I think this is time to wrap up our negotiation as it’s going to be very tedious and tiresome if we are going to continue arguing on this. So, are you okay with my proposal.”

Connie still insisted on John producing the valuation report. Feeling disappointed, John said “In that case I have to engage a valuer. I hope after this report we can resolve this.” As John was about to leave, Connie’s face turned a bit bluish and she said, “My head doesn’t feel good. I need to see a doctor.” John was stunned for a few seconds not knowing what to do. When he regained his composure, he quickly went to her aid and helped her to his car. His thoughts were running wild while figuring which is the nearest clinic or hospital to go to. He suddenly remembered that the nearest hospital is roughly twenty minutes away from Connie’s house. In his car, he said “Connie, just hold on. I will get you to the nearest hospital.”

To be continued…

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