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Bullet-proofing your will

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The judge’s comment about the deceased — that “Anyone who defied her suffered her wrath” — played itself out in the courtroom when two of her four daughters attacked her will.

The strong-willed, domineering woman who died at age 88 was not here to defend her wishes, but they were largely upheld. And the small variation came at a significant cost to all concerned.

The judge noted that it was unfortunate the parties were unable to resolve their issues without the lawsuit, that:

“a great deal of unhappiness could have been avoided had a modicum of common sense and reason been brought to bear.”

Without the lawsuit, though, we would not have the benefit of the resulting legal analysis, set........

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