Weird Wills - 70 strangers

Weird Wills - 70 strangers

Weird Wills – 70 strangers

by | Weird Wills

What do you do with your estate if you are the last in a long line of aristocrats?  In Portugal few people write wills.  In this family orientated society, the law decrees that if you die without a will your descendants, spouse and ascendants inherit your wealth in specific shares.

But Portuguese aristocrat Luis Carlos de Noronha Cabral da Camara was a childless bachelor when he died aged 42 in 2007.  If he had not made a will 13 years before his death, the state would have claimed his assets.

Luis left his wealth to a group of complete strangers. He selected 70 people at random from a telephone directory in front of his notary and his will directed they share his wealth equally.  The lucky beneficiaries shared a 12-room apartment in central Lisbon, a house in the north of Portugal, a car and 25,000 euros ($32,000).

Many of the beneficiaries thought they were being scammed when they received the call advising them of their windfall.  If only there were more eccentric aristocrats with a fortune to gift…..

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