I sent this email to my so-called Guardian (no documents ever signed) three days ago. I don't expect a response from him but would like to find a lawyer who could help me put pressure on him to cough up, or even sue him. It could be an interesting case!
'When you tell someone that you want to be their Guardian, it’s not something that I expected to hear nor is it a proposal that you wouldn’t have thought through thoroughly. This conversation took place early one evening in 2000, I think, in the bar in West Hampstead opposite your offices where I asked you if you were sure that that’s what you wanted. You said that it was and would be for always regardless of what the future held for us. I was totally flattered, but like a fool, I believed you.
You bought me presents, holidays and clothing and generally introduced me to a lifestyle I couldn’t have afforded on my own. When your company folded you told me that after the courts had dealt with the money side of things, that you would then know how much you would get after also selling off the company properties, the proceeds of which were to be shared with your brother. In return I supported you through your Financial Directorship at your company where you asked for advice and my opinion on different aspects seeing that I was based in the City at that time and somewhat knowledgable about the markets and had the experience of how at least my company was being run. I also instigated the journey of your weight-loss through encouragement and incentive through shopping for trendier outfits for yourself and spending time with me. You also got your teeth improved with braces and generally helped you to be more positive and feel better about yourself because as a grossly overweight person you were not confident nor successful with the ladies.
Now that your transformation is complete and because you have found someone else in your life, you decide to dump me and forget your commitment to me as my Guardian and everything we went through together. I’m not happy with this situation and don’t see what I have done to be abandoned like this. I’d like you to write to me and be there for me in the future as you always have, but if you don’t want to be, then I will seek a way of making up for the future losses of having a rich Guardian to ensure that I continue in the lifestyle you introduced me to, or at least something to ease ‘going it alone’. '
He lives in a property worth well over £1M in Finchley, London, has a black Amex card, drives a Range Rover Evoke car, and has recently had to sell off a number of company attached properties in London so I am sure he has just banked a large sum. The offices alone in NW6 were bought by the company shared with the brother and worth several million pounds. The company folded last year and was in the Travel Industry press but the two brothers brought it down with their lavish lifestyle, bad management, inflated salaries, unwillingness to downsize staff.
I'm not out to break him, I'm looking for an amicable settlement of a few hundred thousand pounds, if I'm lucky, or indeed less. He was once married, divorced for more than 20 years, no children. Holidays at least three times a year and trips to Cyprus house.
I'm not even sure if there is anything that can be done seeing that it was merely a secret arrangement between him and I, even though it was completely his idea.