Last Wills

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Mar 8, 2011

Acting legend Tony Curtis reportedly cut daughter Jamie Lee Curtis and his four other children from his last will just before he passed away, according to a recent Inside Edition report.

According to the news source, Curtis, who died last year at the age of 85, decided to leave his estate to the trustee of his trust, who is reportedly believed to be his fifth wife, Jill Vandenberg.

The news provider reported that it had obtained a copy of the last will, which was written just five months prior to his death.

Feb 28, 2011

Scholarships are available to seniors at Grayville High School in Illinois, as well as to graduates of the school who are enrolled in junior college thanks to the last will and testament of longtime Grayville resident Mable K. Toops, the Carmi Times reports.

According to the news provider, Toops' will detailed the creation of a trust to assist students from the Grayville school district to earn a bachelor's degree.

Feb 16, 2011

According to the last will signed by Franklin Renfrow, a historic Dutch Colonial property in Matthews, North Carolina, will be torn down in the near future, reports WBTV.com, a local CBS affiliate.

Renfrow, who died in December, reportedly lived in the house that his father built for his entire life. The 1920s era building will be missed by many people in the local community, according to Judy Fidler, a neighbor who lived two houses away from the property.

"I think everyone's emotional about it.

Feb 8, 2011

A 25-year-old man from Gautier, Mississippi, was arrested recently and charged with felony perjury after officials claimed he lied under oath during a hearing centering around a forged last will, the Mississippi Press reports.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said that Anthony Jon Loewenstein was arrested after a warrant was issued by Judge Larry Wilson, according to the news source.

Sheriff's investigator Sergeant Robert Blocker said that Loewenstein signed an affidavit that said he saw his 39-year-old friend sign a last will and testament that left a significant amount

Jan 27, 2011

The Court of Appeals of Arkansas has delivered an opinion in a dispute between a mother and son over the last will and testament of a man who died in 2006.

The initial lawsuit was filed by Billy Randall Machen, also known as Randy, against his mother, Julia Machen. After the death of Billy Ray Machen - Randy's father and Julia's husband - in 2006, Julia filed a motion to probate a will Billy Ray had written in 1996.

Under the terms of the 1996 will, Randy was to be given $10,000 and a trust worth $20,000 was to be set up for his children.