Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Friday, January 10, 2014

To Bequeath or Not to Bequeath


Shakespeare’s will reveals that he left his wife their “second best bed.”  He also left £150 to each of his daughters, which is over £380,000 today.

These final wishes were a part of the publication of one the most comprehensive collection of probate records, which span nearly five centuries.

The publisher of the collection, Ancestry.co.uk, has also revealed for the first time the wills of Jane Austen, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir Francis Bacon.

See Keith Perry, Shakespeare’s Will Reveals He Left ‘Second Best Bed’ to His Wife, The Telegraph, Jan. 7, 2014. 

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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