Weird Wills - Your last chance to let your family know how you really feel....

Weird Wills - Your last chance to let your family know how you really feel....

Weird Wills – Your last chance to let your family know how you really feel….

by | Weird Wills

Is there a black sheep in your family?  Has one of your children married someone you thought unsuitable?  Have you fallen out with a family member?  You are not alone.  And you might want to join the ranks of those people who use their last will and testament to get back at people they didn’t like in life.

In our final installment of Weird Wills, here are some examples to inspire, or horrify, you!

  • Englishwoman Annie Langabeer bequeathed two shillings and sixpence to her brother, so he could “buy a rope” to hang himself.
  • In 1937, Englishman Frank Smith stated in his will that his estate should go to his daughter—as long as she didn’t keep living with “her immoral husband.”
  • Celebrated wordsmith William Shakespeare wasn’t above getting mean in his will, leaving his wife “his second-best bed” while giving the majority of his estate to his daughter.
  • German author Heinrich Heine died in 1856 and he bequeathed his entire estate to his wife Matilda — provided she remarried. An unusual request, was it out of a desire for her to move on?  Quite the opposite in fact, Heine wished “there will be at least one man to regret my death.”
  • Londoner Henry Budd forbade his 2 sons from growing mustaches in his will.  Should Will or Edward ever grow any facial hair, their share of the inheritance would be void and the other son would inherit.

Be careful what your final insult will mean for your other beneficiaries.  In a particularly long running case, it took nearly 100 years for an estate to pass!  US millionaire Wellington Burt died in 1919 and in his will his large fortune was to be withheld from his family members until 21 years after the death of his last surviving grandchild. Eventually in 2010, a dozen living relations were informed of their long-delayed inheritances.

Weird or otherwise, if you don’t have a will in place, contact us now.

 

 

 

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