There is an apocryphal story about a woman who included the following clause in her Will:
“To my son-in-law I bequeath the sum of $2.00 and express the wish that he apply those funds towards the purchase of a stout rope with which to hang himself.”
It is usually not a good idea to express your feelings in your Will no matter how earnest and passionate they may be. However, for those determined to do so, there is some satisfaction in knowing you cannot be sued for defamation as, when your feelings become known, you are ‘out of the jurisdiction’ as the law would say.
The law is strewn with parents’ obsessive, but fruitless attempts to control their families and their flaws from above– a form of heavenly behaviour control reflected in a parent’s inability to let go.
But if your Will can’t help you obtain some testamentary justice, is there something else that can? I speak in particular about obtaining justice for yourself, post death.
There is an ancient rule of law known as the forfeiture rule. Put simply, if you murder your mother, you are not entitled to receive any benefit under her Will – you are disinherited.
What if we extended that rule into the area of Elder Abuse?
Click here>> to find out what that would look like!