Being a lawyer can definitely be hard work, but sometimes it can be more interesting than you’d think.
1. “Favourite has to be the woman who had fallen out massively with her daughter because she hated the husband that the daughter had chosen. This feud went on for years to the point where they never had any contact, and whenever they did things would just get pretty ugly, with the daughter refusing to leave the husband and the mother demanding that she did.
So when the time came to read the will it turned out that the mother had left a good portion of money to the daughter (10/20% of the sizeable estate (there were 3 or 4 children)), on the sole condition that the daughter change her surname and her children’s surname back to her maiden name, effectively removing this hated husband’s name/significance on their family tree.
By the sounds of it this was a real sticking point for the daughter and (I was at the law firm whilst this whole saga was going on) the solicitors were pretty confident that the daughter was going to forsake her inheritance (which was a pretty large one) in order to keep her husband’s name.”
2. “Not a lawyer, but a law clerk (I draft the wills).
My personal favourite bequest was ‘Elephants go to the grandchildren, largest to smallest.’ Do the largest elephants go to the largest grandchildren? Also, are these real elephants or elephant statues or something? I’m still not really sure what they meant by that.”
3. “My uncle wanted to:
1: Be cremated
2: Mix the ashes into gunpowder
3: The gunpowder put into bullets
4: Have the bullets shot in the general direction of his homeland (in asia)
5: The other half distributed with a lottery system based on which people listed in his will have the most guns
6: Most of his money given to the bearers of the bullets
7: The bullets must be fired within a year or we lost the money
Yea, he liked guns.”