They got what they deserved…which was nothing

Their grandmother didn’t leave them the house, she left it to the government.

Now her greedy grandsons get nothing despite expensive legal challenges. Serves them right.

The battle for historic Vogel House has ended with both contenders being spurned.

Two charities and the Vogel descendants were competing to inherit the $5 million Lower Hutt stately home, which once housed Sir Robert Muldoon.

However, both have lost, with a decision this week to sell the house and give the proceeds instead to the Crown’s consolidated fund.

Both parties were upset at the decision, which they said could never have been the intention of Jocelyn Vogel, who gifted the home to the Crown in 1965.   

I’d say her intention was clear.

The Crown decided last year it no longer needed the former ministerial residence. When the Commissioner of Crown Lands offered it to Wellington SPCA and the Vogel Charitable Trust – who were beneficiaries of Jocelyn’s will – a legal battle ensued.

Jocelyn’s grandsons requested a rehearing, and an investigation by an independent lawyer. In an unexpected twist, the independent lawyer advised that neither the Vogels nor the two charities should be given the property.

The parties were this week told Vogel House would instead be sold on the open market, with the proceeds going to the Crown.

Good job. I think people who challenge wills are arseholes. No good ever comes of it. Families are destroyed by the grasping greedy little toerags who go hunting for gold.

As an aside, back in 1992 I lived in Vogel House for several months. It was an education and one of the occupants at that time is still a friend to this day.


– Fairfax

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