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

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Famous Wills on Display in Washington

Screenhunter_02_mar_11_1120_2The following is from Eun Yang, Wills Of Famous Washingtonians On Display, nbc4.com, Feb. 28, 2008:

A special exhibit at the D.C. Superior Court showcases the wills of 13 famous Washingtonians.

The wills of Frederick Douglass, Alexander Graham Bell, Oliver Wendell Holmes and several presidents and first ladies are on display in the exhibit put together by Anne Meister, the register of wills at D.C. Superior Court.***

Douglass' will indicates things that mattered to him, such as taking care of his wife and the disposition of his writings and papers.

Douglass died with a large sum of money, which he earned himself. He left 15 acres of land and $20,000 to his wife. He also left $15,000 to each of his children, male and female, even though daughters rarely received money in wills during Douglass' era.***

The wills exhibit is on display at D.C. Superior Court's Building A, next to the law enforcement memorial. It is free and open to the public.***

Special thanks to Neil E. Hendershot, Esq. (Attorney at law, Goldberg Katzman, P.C., Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention. You can read more on Neil's blog at PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog.


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