The author's name suddenly emerged a few weeks ago on a document when the couple realised he was executor to Captain William Tyers, of the SS Manipur, on which "JHD
" sailed to Calcutta.
He would like to invest in the hotel through an interest in a new entity that would not be subject to any of JHD
's known or unknown liabilities.
The firm claims it tracked 12,000 wills to a converted barn in Somerset after temporarily moving into offices formerly occupied by JHD
charged customers to store their wills, but dumped them in a barn.
It began in the Oakham offices abandoned by JHD
Associates and used many of the same staff.
Gerald Malcolm Barton, 51, who gave Companies House a home address in Malaga, ran JHD
with 57-year-old John Howard Dickel, who listed a mail- drop in France as his home.
advertised its services, customers sent cheques to have their wills drawn up and JHD
either returned the completed wills or put them into secure storage.