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...]