The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Writing a will

“You must write a will,” I have often been told, the logic being that it will make things smooth when I make my final departure, and there will be no ambiguities. Makes sense.

On the surface, legal aspects apart, it should not be too much of an issue, especially when what you leave behind is not worth so much as to cause problems for those who will be the recipients.

“Alright, let me understand how a will is written,” I told myself and started doing some research on the net. That’s when I came across some interesting and, sometimes wacky, wills.

I read about a childless Canadian lawyer and investor named Charles Vance Millar who willed the residue of his estate to the Toronto, Ontario woman who bore most babies in the decade after his death. In what appeared to be a closely fought contest that got known as the Great Stork Derby, there emerged four women who bore nine children apiece, each pocketing $125,000. Not bad at all, since his riches gave at least 36 children a head start in life.

Not all people have been as philanthropic, however.

The poet Heinrich Heine married Eugenie Mirat, a lady who was uneducated, boorish, and vain. While affectionately leaving his entire estate to his wife, he placed one condition – she had to remarry once he was gone, to be able to claim her inheritance. The reason? “Because then there will be at least one man,” he explained, “who will regret my death.”

And, after being banned by his wife from smoking his favourite cigars, a gentleman named Samuel Bratt got even with her later. He left behind a princely sum of £330,000 for his wife. There was one condition, though – she had to smoke five cigars a day.

The search for tips on how to frame a will goes on.



October 5, 2011 - Posted by | About this and that, Human Behavior | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting


    Comment by Revathy Venkatratnam | October 9, 2011 | Reply

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