Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bequest to Police Sergeant Contested


Geraldine Webber died last December at age 93.  She left the bulk of her estate to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, police sergeant Aaron Goodwin, which reduced or cut out inheritances to several other heirs including charitable organizations like Portsmouth’s police and fire departments and a Massachusetts high school.

Webber’s former lawyer was the first to challenge the will, claiming Goodwin asserted undue influence.  Because Webber left behind a charitable trust, the state Attorney General’s Office has since entered the lawsuit as an interested party.

See James A. Kimble, Attorney General Eyes Elderly Portsmouth Woman’s Bequest to Police Officer, New Hampshire Union Leader, Sept. 25, 2013.


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