DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE become homeless after my stepson booted me out of the home that I’ve loved for 30 years.
I’m a widow of 56. My husband was 62 and died last year. We lived on a farm.
When we met 31 years ago, he was widowed. His wife had died in a riding accident and he had a son of five.
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I moved in with them and brought my stepson up as my own. During his teenage years we clashed a lot.
My husband sadly passed away after a short illness and my stepson took over the running of the farm.
The will was changed while I believe my husband was mentally compromised – and when it was read, I realised I’d been left with nothing.
My stepson has changed the locks and he’s told me that I can’t go back.
I’ve been sleeping on friends’ sofas and even spent a couple of nights in the park. I’m homeless and scared.
DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry for your loss. Thirty years of contributing to the family home should amount to something, so you may have grounds to contest the will.
You can find the best free advice through your local Citizens Advice (citizensadvice.org.uk), which has a section on wills on its website.
My pack on bereavement will show you where to find the best emotional support.
You can also find urgent help through homeless charity Shelter (shelter.org.uk, 0808 800 4444).
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