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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Texas Billionaire Cuts Charities and Political Causes Out of His Will

Harold simmons Texas billionaire, Harold Simmons, did not leave any bequests for political causes and charities even though he was a generous giver during his lifetime. To protect his family the billionaires will remains sealed. Attorney Ginger Appleberry, explained that mere curiosity did not outweigh the privacy and safety of widow, Annette Simmons. The sensitive information could be a "treasure map" if given to the wrong individual. During his lifetime, Simmons gave money to the Republican Party, donated to Planned Parenthoods, and funded the Swift Boats campaign in 2004. His four daughters, two stepchildren, and wife survive Simmons.   

See 'Philanthropic' Texas Billionaire who Funded $200m Kerry Swiftboating Dies Leaving ZERO to Charities or Political Causes In His Will, Mail Online,  Jan. 29, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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