There are some strange things that people can put in their Wills. Some of these may be a weird division of assets and some may be the assets themselves. Here are 10 of the strangest Wills ever written.
US Comedian, Jack Benny, left an unusual but moving Will when he died in 1974. He provisioned for his widow, Mary Livingston, to have a single red rose delivered to her home each day after he died. Now isn’t that the sweetest, but the most unusually romantic thing you have ever heard in a will?
In 1928, an anonymous donor made a half a million pound bequest to the British government to clear the national debt. It is now worth more than £350m but it cannot be used. This is because the donor was very specific on how the money was to be used. Apparently, it could only be used once it was exactly enough to clear the national debt. Unfortunately, the national debt in Britain stands at over 1.5 trillion pounds. This is truly one of the strangest wills ever.
This 67 year old gentleman left instructions in his Will to allot £3,500 to his 7 closest friends to go out partying and drinking in a European city. He died in 2013 and his friends formally apologized to his children that they were taking away part of their inheritance.
The Bard was unusually cruel to his wife as he left her only his “second best bed” and the rest of his large estate to his daughter, Susanna. What a cruel but strange will.
He was a billionaire Hotelier who died in 2004 and left $4 billion dollars of her fortune to be spent caring for dogs. Her own nine year old Maltese dog named Trouble, received over $12 million in the will. Her grandchildren were completely cut out of their inheritance but allowed to inherit a share if they visited their father’s grave annually.
Millionaire financier, Keith Owen, was diagnosed with cancer at age 69, so he decided to draw up a strange will to pass the time. He donated his entire £2.3 million fortune to his favorite holiday spot in Devon; Sidmouth.
The money was given to the Sid Vale Association with the provision that some of it was to be spent on 1 million flowering bulbs to keep the town colorful. That deserves to be atop a list of the strangest wills.
This German poet so despised his wife that he wrote in his Will that she should remarry after his death so that there would be at least one man to regret his death.
The Michigan millionaire kept his enormous fortune out of his family’s reach for almost a hundred years through his will. After his death in 1919, his Will was discovered to say that his wealth would not be passed on until after 21 years after the death of his last grandchild. The Will finally came to fruition in 2010 when 12 people inherited a collective fortune worth $110 million.
This Portuguese aristocrat left his Will to 70 strangers from the Lisbon phone directory. This is not a made up story. One heiress was a 70 year old woman who said that she first thought it was a cruel joke. One of the strangest Wills of all time.
When his will was read in 2007, it was discovered that he had left $180,000 in a trust fund for his grandchildren. The only condition was that his son would marry the mother of his children within six months of their birth. The problem was, his son was gay.