Estate Planning Fun Facts


Did you know that California was the first state to allow Living Wills?

It’s true! California allowed living wills, which are written statements detailing a person’s desires regarding their medical treatment when they can no longer express informed consent, in September of 1976. Here are some other estate planning fun facts that we hope you will enjoy!

  • The oldest will known to be in existence belonged to a man named Uah, who lived in ancient Egypt. This will is said to date back to 2548 B.C., and Uah left all of his properties to his wife, Teta.

  • Similarly, the oldest known “power of attorney” was found in Mesopotamia, and dates back to 561 B.C.

  • The shortest known wills are three words long: “All to son” and “All to wife.” Hopefully these wills didn’t have to go through probate!

  • The longest will ever probated belonged to a woman named Frederica Evelyn Stilwell Cook. Her will was 1,066 pages with 95,940 words!

  • There are a number of famous Americans who have died without a will, including: Kurt Cobain, John Denver, Chris Farley, Howard Hughes, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Don’t be the next one!

Clearly, Estate Planning has a long history. Modern technology makes it easier and more convenient than ever to have a plan in place. A well-designed estate plan will undoubtedly have more than three words and less than 95,940, but everyone’s plan is different based on their needs and wishes. If you haven’t already made your plan, then make sure you create one that fits your needs.

Don’t suffer the same fate as Kurt Cobain and John Denver—get your plan in place now!

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