The third wife of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt could be set to contest the rocker’s will after finding out he left her nothing when he died in December.
Lyndsay Parfitt, 56, said her husband changed his will just five days before he passed away on Christmas Even from an infection due to a shoulder injury. Talking to the UK Daily Mail newspaper, she added that the star also died without leaving any money, despite amassing a fortune during his career.
The Parfitts’ heavily mortgaged home is the only asset remaining, and Lyndsay claimed that is scheduled for sale, leaving her and her eight-year-old twin boys without a roof over their head.
Status Quo have sold more than 118 million records worldwide, with 43 albums released onto the British charts during their career. This is more than any other band other than the Rolling Stones, according to Status Quo’s official website.
No provisions left in will
Lyndsay suggested that her husband had luxurious tastes and was often splurging on high-value items, including a penchant for fast cars. He apparently owned 10 Porsches at one point in his life.
“I am shocked to find myself with no financial means to look after myself and my children. No one has given me a full account of where all the money went,” Lyndsay explained.
“I cannot pay my children’s school fees and we’d have no food without my mother’s pension.”
The couple were separated at the time of his death, although both continued to live in Spain. The rocker had moved to a nearby flat, but Lyndsay claimed they met for breakfast every day and had discussed getting back together.
While media reports suggested the guitarist had left his four children £10 million ($16.5 million) to share, his wife argued this was nonsense and there is no money left.
“He has left me nothing. I’m going to have to take the children out of their private school and get a job,” she stated.
Family provision claims in NSW
Ms Parfitt’s situation highlights how even seemingly wealthy households can be left with nothing when a loved one dies.
However, in NSW, it is possible to pursue a family provision claim if you feel you have not been adequately provided for from the estate of the deceased.
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