Shakespeare — yes, that Shakespeare, the celebrated playwright and poet – wrote one mean document. His Will did not refer to his wife by name. And all he bequeathed her was his “second-best bed.”
That’s what he thought of his wife. Theirs wasn’t a great marriage.
So what kind of message was he sending in this part of his Will? Right. A mean one. Did this sentiment need to be part of his permanent, written legacy? Probably not; it tarnishes the image of this otherwise giant of literature.
Fast forward to today and someone else. A real Will contained this provision:
If we’re not divorced by the time I die, make sure she gets nothing. She has already gone through all my money.”
The sentiment was clear. But when the man died and his Will was probated, this paragraph went on record at the courthouse. Where everybody – including children – could see it. Forever. Read more