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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, June 7, 2019

Testator's will demonstrates his contempt for his sisters and ex-wife

McConathyAttorney Richard "Tex" McConathy died on November 27, 2015 after living a full and interesting life including being wounded in battle in Viet Nam and receiving countless decorations and awards for his service.

Tex was the last person in Texas allowed to take the Texas Bar Exam without graduating from law school. His study of law under the mentorship of a judge, also his uncle, substituted for his law degree.

In his will dated April 22, 2004 and probated in Parker County, Texas in 2015, he demonstrated how he really felt about his sisters and ex-wife when he provided:

To Carol Webb Barnes, Marge McConathy, and Mary Ann Allen, I hereby give, devise, and bequeath equally among the three my cold dead ass so that each can kiss it from now until eternity. As for the rest of my estate, I figured that you took all that you could when I was alive so you will get nothing.

Special thanks to Paula Durant, Probate Auditor for Parker County, Texas Judge Pat Deen for bringing this fascinating case to my attention.


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