6 of the strangest things people have left in their wills


In association with Probate Law Centre

31 January 2018

In association with Probate Law Centre

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Wills are serious business.

While most people opt to give assets and sentimental pieces to those who meant so much to them through their live, others have used it to send a clear message or to settle scores from the grave. 

Here are 6 of the strangest wills of all time. 

1. It's A Dogs Life


In 2007, American businesswoman Leona Helmseley, left a whopping $12 million to her dog "Trouble."

And it's not because the beloved Maltese was the only heir! In fact, Helmseley's grandchildren received less than the dog. That's gotta hurt.

A judge decided it was only fair to reduce the dogs inheritance to $2 million. "Paw" Mr Trouble. 

2. Revenge From The Grave

Talk about settling scores from the grave. German poet and bitter spouse, Heinrich "Henry" Heine decided he would quite literally have the last word over his disgruntled marriage. He left his assets to his wife, on one condition, she remarry, stating, "there will be at least one man to regret my death". 

3. A Rose A Day 


American comedian, Jack Benny, has proven the tale behind romantic comedy "P.S I Love You" can actually happen. He widow, Mary Livingstone, states, “I learned Jack actually had included a provision for the flowers in his will. One red rose to be delivered to me every day for the rest of my life.”

That's one way to make sure you're never forgotten!

4. Race to the finish line

Wealthy US lawyer, Charles Millar, left his monstrous fortune in the hands of mother nature. His will became a challenge for all the married women in Toronto stating that he would leave the woman who could birth the most children in the decade following his death his entire estate. 

Making headlines as the "Stork Derby", in the end, four women tied for it, with nine children each. 

5. Cheers To The Weekend!


UK resident, Roger Brown, made sure he called last drinks.

After losing his life to prostate cancer in 2013, he left behind $6 thousand to seven of his friends to have a boozy weekend away in Europe. Cheers to that!

6. Anonymous donation 

An anonymous donation from the grave in 1928 offered Britain the chance to clear the nations debt. The generous handout made was for half a million pound ($871,000) which now, with interest, has grown to more than 350 million pound ($610 million). The country STILL can't touch the money, with its debt sitting at 1.5 trillion pound. 

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