Some fun facts about estate planning…
- California became the first state to allow Living Wills in September 1976.
- The “Will of Uah” is the oldest known Will in existence and was found in a tomb in Egypt. It dates back to 2548 BC and leaves all his property to his wife, Teta.
- Historians found a Power of Attorney dated 561 BC in Mesopotamia.
- The shortest known Wills are only three words long:
“All to son” and “All to wife.”
- The longest known Will ever probated was 1,066 pages and 95,940 words and occupied four gilt-edged, leather-bound volumes. An English woman, Frederica Evelyn Stilwell Cook, holds this record.
- A recent study indicates that 11% of Britons have their internet passwords in their Last Will and Testament.
- Famous Americans who have died without a Will: Sonny Bono, Kurt Cobain,John Denver, Chris Farley, Howard Hughes, and Martin Luther King Jr.
- In 1829, James Smithson created the Smithsonian Institute through a bequest in his Last Will and Testament.