Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mandela's Will Leaves Nothing To Wife of 40 Years

Nelson mandelaAs I have previously discussed, Nelson Mandela's will, as amended in 2008, was recently read in Johannesburg. The will left nothing to his three surviving children because of gifts made to the children during Mandela's lifetime. Additionally, Mandela left nothing to his second wife, Winnie, to whom he was married for almost 40 years prior to their divorce. However, Mandela did leave money to his widow and each of his widow's children. There is speculation that the will may still end up in court although it has not been contested yet.

See Aislinn Laing, Nelson Mandela Leaves Nothing For Winnie in Will , Telegraph, Feb. 3, 2014.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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