Family of late Monty Python star embroiled in inheritance dispute

The children of the late Monty Python star, Terry Jones, have taken legal action against the actor’s second wife following an inheritance dispute, reports have revealed.

Mr Jones, best known for his acting and directorial roles in The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian, died in January 2020 after suffering complications resulting from a rare form of dementia.

The Welsh comedian married his first wife, Alison Telfer, in 1970 and had two children together, Sally and Bill.

However, after 43 years of marriage together, Mr Jones left his wife for then 23-year-old Swedish Oxford graduate, Anna Söderström. The pair had a daughter, Siri, in 2009, and married in 2012.

But the writer and director was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2015, which led to his death in 2020, at the age of 77. The disease is characterised by behavioural and personality changes, as well as forgetfulness and language problems.

Whilst it is not known if the disease prevented Mr Jones from making informed choices, it is reported that his two children from his first marriage are bringing the dispute under the Inheritance Act 1975, which allows family members to seek “reasonable provision” from an estate.

The court documents and contents of the Will are not publicly available, but Ms Söderström is believed to be the main beneficiary and primary defendant in the case.

Commenting on the dispute, which is still ongoing, Sally, 47, and Bill, 45, claimed Mr Jones lacked the mental capacity to draft the Will and are taking legal action against Ms Söderström at the High Court for a “large share of his estate”.

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