• Are Wills Really Necessary?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Apparently 1/3 of Australians don't have a will- including Robin and Terry!

They both admit its laziness that has prevented them from getting a will but Terry also wonders- are they really necessary?

The team asked our resident Lawyer Paul Gleeson and he had some horror stories to share.

If you're looking for inspiration for your own will, perhaps you can take some inspiration from some of these stranger requests...




William Shakespeare

In his final will, Shakespeare requested that his wife receive his 'second best bed'.  While at the time it was not unusual to bequeath someone a bed, we do wonder what ever happened to his first best bed?




Harry Houdini

The escape artist had a rather unusual request of his wife, asking that she hold an annual seance in which he would try to communicate with her using ten random words that he had left to her.  While for ten years his wife did as asked, Houdini never made a reappearance.




Napoleon Bonaparte

The French military leader apparently didn't want his hair to go to waste, requesting that his head be shaved and his locks divided among friends.  Recent analysis of those same locks have since revealed Napoleon in fact had high levels of arsenic - which may have attributed to his death.



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