It is necessary to have a Will. With a legal Will, one can stop the intestate succession law, which states that if somebody dies without a will then the state has the power to decide the distribution of your possessions. In the majority of cases, it is seen that most people desire to distribute in a different way than the state. Also, the common notion attached to the Will is that it is only about the distribution of the will maker’s property. However, there’s more to it. The Will maker can name an executor to wrap up their estate, name guardians for their child as well as the property, create trusts or beneficiaries, forgive debts, and many others. With a proper Will, the maker can avoid family feud.
13 lesser-known facts about Wills of well-known personalities to boggle your mind!
While Will is an important step to secure the future of the family, here are some of the mindboggling unknown facts about the wills of some well-known celebrities
- Princess Diana left her estate to her two children, with specific bequests to her former butler in her Will.
- Mahatma Gandhi’s last Will was a two-page document signed by him in the Gujarati language. It had a guide price of between £30,000 and £40,000 but was sold for £55,000 at an auction in the United Kingdom in May 2013.
- The longest known legal Will ran for almost 1,066 pages and belonged to an Englishwoman named Frederica Evelyn Stilwell Cook, which was probated in 1925.
- The shortest known legal Wills contain only a few words. Those belonged to Bimla Rishi of Delhi and Karl Tausch of Hesse, Germany.
- William Shakespeare left his second-best bed for his wife in his Will.
- Napolean Bonaparte’s Will stated that after his death, his head should be shaved and his hair should be divided among his friends.
- Marilyn Monroe left her legacy to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg. Everything was left in Lee’s basement until he passed away.
- Benjamin Franklin left her daughter a portrait with a frame containing 408 diamonds and requested her to stay away from wearing jewels and passing her time.
- Ed Headrick, the inventor of the Frisbee asked to make limited-edition Frisbees with his ashes in his Will.
- George Bernard Shaw left behind his fortune for the development of a new alphabet. The Shaw Alphabet was created by the end of 1958, which was phonetic and 40 letters long.
- Fred Baur, the founder of Pringles requested in his Will that his body should be buried in a Pringles can.
- Paul Walker, the Fast & Furious star tragically lost his life in 2013 by a car crash and his Will mentioned a trust-based estate plan for his daughter Meadow Rain Walker worth $25 millions.
- Oprah Winfrey has already put $30 million for her dogs in her Will.
Will is indeed unavoidable in one’s life and one should make it as early as possible.