Author Archives: Thomas Holderness

The widow, the will and a detective named Queen (access required)

Approximately two weeks after Jack died, I met one of his sons. He was concerned because his stepmother, Jack’s widow, had produced a will that was questionable in several respects. Much of the language was odd (this phrase, for instance: “I will not foreclose on either home my spouse and I own together”). The date of the will was the month that Jack and his widow reunited after an 18-month separation. The signature did not look like Jack’s and was not notarized. The will nominated the widow as executor, despite the fact that the major asset was Jack’s business and the widow had no business experience. And the will left virtually all of Jack’s estate to her even though one of Jack’s sons worked at Jack’s business and the other was in high school.

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