Will of the Late Chief Justice, challenged in court by his wife


The wife of the Late former Chief Justice, Iliganoa Sapolu has challenged her husband’s will in the Supreme Court, claiming his signature was “forged”. 

Patu Tiavaasue Falefatu Sapolu passed away last year.

The case was presided over by Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese yesterday and its against Patu’s sister Luamanauvao Katalaina Sapolu and her son Maka Sapolu. 

Luamanuvao is Samoa’s Ombudsman. 

 Iliganoa is represented by Su’a Leone Mailo, the Public Trustee, Luamanuvao Katalaina and Maka Sapolu jointly represented by Shane Wulf and Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Iliganoa’s affidavit was read out in Court, whereas she claimed that her husband never left a Will.

Married for over 28 years Iliganoa claims that prior to her husband’s passing assured her he does not have a will. Iliagnoa further claims she is entitled to all of her husband’s assets. 

Iliganoa also disputes the signature on the said will was not her late husband’s.  There are six beneficiaries in the will in question, the plaintiff, an employee, his three children and his nephew. 

She claims that her husband has three biological children and they all reside in New Zealand 

The case continues in court today.