Legal battle for fathers largesse sparks a row straight out of Dickens

The Globe & Mail


A dying millionaire’s attempt to skip a generation and leave most of his fortune to his grandchildren is snagged on a massive obstacle – his sons.

Four years after Toronto real-estate developer John Jocobes Kaptyn died of cancer, his $75-million estate remains enmeshed in a Dickensian struggle that has devoured millions of dollars in legal fees.

“The whole thing is so sad,” said Mr. Kaptyn’s widow, Doreen. “I just can’t believe what’s happening. I’m very saddened by the whole thing. John was a wonderful, wonderful man, and he doesn’t deserve his estate being treated like this.”

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