Former bank manager in High Court battle after she was cut out of will for being 'shopaholic' 

Jean Clitheroe left her daughter nothing when she died in September 2017, with bulk of her estate passed to her son

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A former Lloyds bank manager has become embroiled in a High Court battle with her brother after she was cut out of their mother's will over being a "shopaholic".

Jean Clitheroe left her daughter, Susan Bond, nothing when she died at the age of 76 in September 2017, with the vast bulk of her estate passed to her son, John.

The High Court heard she had decided to not to leave Ms Bond with any money because she was a "shopaholic" who would waste any inheritance she received.

However, Ms Bond's lawyers have challenged two wills, made in 2010 and 2013, on the grounds that the pensioner was not of sound mind when they were drafted.

In her written instructions for the 2010 will, Mrs Clitheroe stated: "I don't leave Susan anything else as she's a shopaholic and would just fritter it away."

Edward Hicks, representing Ms Bond, told the court Mrs Clitheroe had turned against her after being devastated by the death of her eldest daughter, Debra, who died from cancer in 2009 at the age of 46.

He argued that the two wills Mrs Clitheroe made in 2010 and 2013 were invalid because her mind was unbalanced by a mental disorder linked to her grief at her daughter's passing.

She had in fact died intestate and her fortune should be split equally between Susan and her brother, the barrister claimed.

However, lawyers representing Ms Bond's brother, John, insisted Mrs Cliterhoe was a "strong-willed lady" and of sound mind when she made the wills, arguing that they should stand.

The judge reserved his ruling in the case.