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Monday, November 20, 2006

Interesting Description of a Will

Jancet Malcolm provides an interesting description of a will in Strangers in Paradise: How Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas got to Heaven, The New Yorker, Nov. 13, 2006, at 57:

Wills are uncanny and electric documents. They lie dormant for years and then spring to life when their author dies, as if death were rain. Their effect on those they enrich is never negligible, and sometimes unexpectedly charged. They thrust living and dead into a final fierce clasp of love or hatred. But they are not written in stone—for all their granite legal language—and they can be bent to subvert the wishes of the writer.

Special thanks to Dr. Natalie Tarenko for bringing this article to my attention.


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A traditional will is made up in a manner that specifies whom the assest should be distribute amongst; such as grandchildern, children, spouse, and siblings. A will contest is a formal objection raised against the validity of a will based on the contention that a person was not in his or her right mind when the will was drawn up and notarized by the notary.

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