California Supreme Court: Wills may be amended after death

Jul 28, 2015 6:43 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court says wills may be amended after death if there is clear evidence they don't accurately reflect their authors' wishes.

The court's ruling on Monday noted that such evidence has historically been considered inadmissible to change an unambiguous will.

The court's ruling came in the case of a will prepared by Irving Duke that bequeathed his estate to his wife if he died first and certain charities if they died at the same time. The will, however, was silent on how to distribute the estate if he lived longer than his wife, which is what happened.

That sparked a fight between the charities and Irving's relatives. The Supreme Court sided with the charities.

Margaret Lodise, an attorney for the relatives, said her clients were reviewing the decision.

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