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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Widow Sells Her Possessions To Pay To Bury Her Late Husband

Estate DisputeElsie Smith, a 91-year-old widow from Arlington, Washington, was forced to sell her belongings through an estate sale so that she could afford to bury her late husband. She was married to her late husband, Joe Smith, for almost 47 years. For the past few years, he has suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. He died on February 5th at the age of 88. She would like to bury her husband with the rest of her family members in Snohomish, Washington.

At the time of his death, Elsie owned only $9 to her name. His funeral costs $3,000. This discrepancy forced to her to sell all of her possessions in her home, excluding her clothes, make-up, and some clothes that belonged to her late-husband.

See Alexis Shaw, Widow Elsie Smith Sells Everything She Owns to Bury Late Husband, DailyFinance, Feb. 16, 2013.

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this to my attention.


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