Published November 28, 2012
It's a lesson in you get what you give.
An Australian widow reportedly left her entire estate, worth an estimated $12.5 million, to a friendly neighbor who bought her groceries and helped with simple chores.
A judge ruled Wednesday that the will of Betty Harris, who died at age 95 in 2009, was valid and her neighbor, Beatrice Gray, will inherit her fortune after a bitter legal battle, news.com.au reports.
Harris had previously left her entire estate to her niece Coralie Hart, but reportedly changed her will in April 2005 after she suspected her family was trying to take her fortune and put her in a nursing home.
"The Grays would be surprised, (while) my family are waiting for me to die," Harris said, according to news.com.au. "I am determined that my relatives, after what they have put me through, will not get one cent."
After she became ill in 2005, Harris leaned on Gray and her then-husband for financial and moral support. The Grays reportedly lived next door to Harris in an affluent Sydney neighborhood.
The Grays would often check in on Harris, and helped her pay bills, organize finances and take out the garbage.
Gray reportedly told The Telegraph, "I'm extremely grateful to Betty Harris."