Reincarnation Comeback Dinner: Updating and Amending Your Existing Will
A millionaire from Vermont, John Bowman, left enough money in his will to maintain his 21 room mansion after his death, which included having dinner prepared nightly for his “comeback.” A strong believer in reincarnation, he died in 1891, and dinner was prepared every night for 59 years, until the money ran out in 1950.
Another interesting request made in a will was made by “Star Trek” creator, Gene Roddenberry, who wanted his ashes scattered in space. While this request did take six years to carry out (he died in 1991, and his ashes weren’t floating in space until 1997), his space dream did ultimately come true.
While these requests are certainly not ordinary, as the examples prove, they are requests that can legally be made in a will. If you do not have a will, a will can be drafted to contain these requests. The importances of having a will can be read about here. Furthermore, if you already have a will, you can amend or update a will by using a document called a codicil. Just like a will, once a codicil is drafted, it must be signed in front of two witnesses in order to make it valid. A will should be taken out once a year and updated. Changes in the law, changes in relationships, and changes in your estate are just a few reasons why this is an important task to put on your yearly to-do-list.
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