Daughters win maharaja’s $4bn assets in court battle

1 August 2013Reading

BBC News:

The daughters of a former Indian maharaja have won a 21-year court battle to inherit more than $4bn (£2.6bn) worth of assets.

A court in the northern city of Chandigarh said the will of Harinder Singh Brar, Maharaja of Faridkot – who died in 1989 – had been forged.

After reading this article I have two questions:

  • Why do we still rely on paper wills? Shouldn’t there be a centralized database where you could register your documents to prevent fraud?
  • How much of the inheritance is going to pay legal fees?