The Reading of the Will, by M. Geoffrey Jones – Part 3

In this segment, Mr. Jones takes up the declarations by fear mongers that absent their usually expensive and often unnecessary services, someone else, usually the court, will decide who gets your property when you die.  "Don't Let the Courts Decide Who Will Receive Your Property" Over the years, I have occasionally noticed an advertisement in the local newspapers inviting people to a "A Free Seminar" on the advantages of a Living Trust as a means for Avoiding Probate. The advertisement preys upon the fears of most lay people of the myth that probate is always a lengthy and expensive process which is to be avoided at all costs. The ad … [Read more...]

The Reading of the Will, by M. Geoffrey Jones

In this segment, Mr. Jones picks up on the fictions surrounding the disclosure of the last will and testament of someone who has died, and relates Washington law on the topic.  One of the most common myths that is still deeply embedded in many lay people's perceptions about probate is the idea of a ceremony for the "Reading of the Will". They picture a dramatic scene in which the lawyer assembles together all of the family and interested persons (invariably including the decedent's longtime manservant) and reads aloud the Last Will and Testament of the deceased, unveiling for the first time the testator's last words about who is to … [Read more...]