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

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Probate for Paddington: Michael Bond, CBE (1926-2017)

PaddingtonMichael Bond, CBE was an author and creator of the beloved children's character Paddington Bear. Bond passed away last year in London at the age of 91. Bond was survived by his second spouse and two children.

Bond updated his will in 2014, and considering that he was still writing books until April of last year, he was certainly of sound mind to do so.  He divorced from his first wife in 1981, but  remained on amicable terms: they shared custody of the stuffed bear who inspired Paddington, which Bond had purchased as a stocking stuffer for his first wife in 1956.  "As a testament to Bond’s character and the ongoing relationship with his former wife, he named her as a beneficiary of his estate together with his current spouse, two children and grandchildren."

According to certain news articles, an interesting wish of Bond's was to prevent sequels of the Paddington movies after his death.  He went so far as to see a lawyer specializing in estate matters to ensure his intentions were properly documented in his updated will.

See Predrag Tomic, Probate for Paddington: Michael Bond, CBE (1926-2017), FieldLaw.com, June 27, 2018.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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