Last Wills

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Jan 18, 2011

A woman in Massapequa, New York, has created a fund in her last will to provide scholarships to students at a local high school, reports the Massapequa Patch.

The recently deceased Louise O. Butler set aside $500,000 in her last will and testament for the fund, which will offer financial aid to seniors at Massapequa High School who will be attending college.

The bequest, which will be known as the Edmond J. O'Connor and Louise O.

Jan 6, 2011

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former North Carolina senator and 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards, left her entire estate to her three surviving children, reports CNN.

The last will and testament notably omits Edwards's husband, only mentioning that her three living children - Catherine, Emma and John - be given all of her property. A fourth child, Wade, died in a car crash in 1996.

Edwards passed away last month at the age of 61 after a protracted struggle with breast cancer.

Dec 27, 2010

A judge in British Columbia has overturned the last will and testament of a deceased man after a challenge filed by his daughters, who were left out of the will entirely, reports the Toronto Sun.

The three daughters of William Werbenuk, who died in 2008 at the age of 86, filed the petition after their father's will left his entire estate to his only son.

The judge, Randall Wong, overturned the will due to the combined influence of so-called "contemporary moral standards," the financial need of the daughters, the abusive "treatment of his daughters during hi

Dec 15, 2010

The last will and testament of a murder victim has played a role in the plea deal reached between prosecutors and the man's widow, who was accused of killing her husband in a house fire in 2007, according to the Chattanoogan.

Teresa Kohnle pleaded guilty to charges of felony murder and arson and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The charges stem from a 2007 incident in which her husband, chiropractor Dr. James Kohnle, died of smoke inhalation after his wife set their house on fire.

According to the source, Dr.

Dec 6, 2010

E! News has obtained a copy of the last will and testament of Ronni Chasen, the prominent Hollywood publicist who was murdered while driving home from the premiere of the movie "Burlesque."

The source reports that the will was written in 1994, at which time Chasen was estimated to be worth approximately $6.1 million.