Thursday, October 31, 2013
John Grisham recently released a new historical novel "Sycamore Row" with an interesting estate planning twist. The novel is about the suicide of a rich man, Henry Hubbard. Hubbard left a will naming his children as beneficiaries. However, on the date of his suicide he supposedly changed his mind and sent his attorney Jake Brigance a holographic will, which replaced the old one. The new will left his entire estate to Hubbard's house cleaner, Lettie Lang. Additionally, Hubbard warns Brigance in the note, “These are not nice people and they will fight, so get ready, fight them, Mr. Brigance, to the bitter end.”
See Janet Maslin, More Vexing Challenges For That Mississippi Lawyer, The New York Times, Oct. 30, 2013.