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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Do you have an interesting experience with a will?

Will2If you have been personally involved with an interesting will, the following announcement may be of interest:

Hello,
   

I'm a researcher working on a documentary series about people's first-hand experiences with a family will. The project is being produced for a major US broadcaster.
   

The documentary explores various, unexpected family issues surrounding wills. We would like to showcase the powerful, true-life stories of family wills, in an effort to create a deeper awareness of the difficult subjects of legal wrangling, conflict, grief and deep-seeded dynamics that can often arise when the will of a loved one is read.
   

If you're interested in helping others reach closure on their feelings concerning a past will, or want to make sense of your own experience with a will, I would be very interested to hear your personal story. Thank you very much for generously sharing your story with me. You can email me - Katherine - at storiesthewill@gmail.com.
   

Thank you again - I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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3 months before my mother died in 11/05 she wrote a ammendment to her trust that she wanted her hair dresser and her husband to have 1/3 of her assets including everything. The hairdresser ran that ammendment to one of her clients husband who was a brand new attoney and also to our financial stock adviser. The ammendment did not get witnessed or notorised. We believe she did type and sign it but with very much undo influence. we believe and can prove that she was not compitant. She was very mad at me at the time. Now we have come to an agreement to pay them so much but I am not comfortable with signing it. It is and has been very stressful for us.

Posted by: Judy Bylsma | Feb 2, 2009 1:02:57 PM

Dear Judy,

Thanks for sharing your story with us. I apologize for the late response but we've been waiting for the final approval from the broadcaster. Please do send me an email at : e.singer@cmjprod.ca

We are still looking for interesting stories.

Posted by: Erin Singer | Oct 14, 2009 1:02:59 PM

I have a question concerning a Living trust. If an amendment changes part of the original trust and that amendment is no longer valid does the original trust go back in to effect?
My father died a few years ago and changed the beneficiaries from my brother’s children to have me take care of his widow if needed. Recently his widow passed away. In this amendment, my father did not mention anything about my brother‘s adult children.
I am the trustee of the trust and he gave me the ability to gift any remaining funds.
Does the original beneficiary (my brother’s children) resume their role and beneficiaries or do I gift them as I fell necessary?

Posted by: Robert Anderson | May 16, 2010 10:17:01 AM

Hello
On May 16 I asked a question. If anyone has input please let me know

Thank you

Posted by: Robert Anderson | May 27, 2010 11:47:13 AM

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