4/14/2014 2:14:00 PM Sister believes brother's will fraudulently obtained
Lois Manlief has filed a complaint to contest the "purported will" of her late brother, Jesse F. Low. The suit names Donna Wilson as the executor named in the will in question as well as Kenneth Keller. Low, a lifelong farmer who owned over 100 acres and home in Sand Creek Township, died Feb. 24, 2014. Wilson filed a petition for the probate on Jan. 26, 2014. The probate of "the purported will" should be revoked for several reasons, says Manlief, including their claim that Low was "of unsound mind" when the will was executed; that the will was "obtained through undue influence"; "through fraud committed prior to and at the time of the execution of the purported will"; and that it was "executed under duress." The document specifically excludes any distribution of Low's estate to his sister, Lois Manlief, her husband Ralph, both their daughters, their sons-in-laws and their grandchildren. Low was a bachelor who had no children. An affidavit from Russell McFarland, Low's friend for over 25 years, states that Low told McFarland he was "gonna let 'Sis' have everything." McFarland also says he was present in Low's hospital room when the "purported will" was signed. According to the friend, Low, who was suffering from stroke-like symptoms with double vision, never read the document and thought he was signing a document to prevent placement in a nursing home. Upon Low's request, McFarland went to Low's home and discovered it had been "torn apart." Low was known to keep a large amount of money at his home and this was known to Wilson as well. The suit, filed by Corinne Finnerty, asks that the court declare the "purported will" invalid.