Missing daughter's fortune

TIME is counting down for a missing daughter if she wants to make a claim on the $800,000 estate of her late Dysart father.

The woman was turned away by her father some years ago after she went to him for money and the man's new family has no way of tracking her.

A Supreme Court judge last week ruled an advertisement be placed in The Australian newspaper to try and find the daughter of Leslie Wallace Cox.

If the daughter is not found within 28 days from when the advertisement is placed she loses her claim on the estate.

Neither the dead man's wife nor her daughter have any information which would enable the missing woman to be traced.

The wife of the dead man, Maureen Cox, is seeking better provisions from the will left by Mr Cox, a Dysart miner who died last year aged 64.

The estate was left to Angela Louise Timms, the adult daughter of Ms Cox and Mr Cox's step-daughter.

Speaking about the missing woman the court document recorded Ms Timms saying: “He told me about a daughter he fathered, who was a few years older than me.

“He did not want anything to do with her, but she had tracked him down some years ago to the Dysart house and apparently asked for money.

“I do not know whether he gave her any money.

“When he was dying I asked the deceased if he wanted me to try to find his daughter to tell her of his declining health. He said he did not want me to do this.”

The Morning Bulletin called The Australian on Friday who were unable to say if the advertisement had run.

A spokeswoman for the legal representatives of Ms Timms was not available for comment on Friday.

The basis of Ms Cox's application is that no provision was made for her in the will, which reads: “I make no provision in this my Will for my wife as she has been adequately provided for prior to the execution of this Will, by transferring assets into her sole name and/or by registering real property that I own into both my wife's name and my name as joint tenants.”

But in the Supreme Court, Brisbane, Justice White said whatever the deceased's intention he did not put these provisions into affect.

The man died owning a house at Dysart, a portfolio of shares, and a sum of cash which totalled about $830,000.

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