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#Will

# will - Saturday 24 February, 2018

'It has a big impact on loved ones': Probate delays leave families waiting months to resolve inheritance

TD Barry Cowen said this means families coping with funeral costs are left waiting for months before they can inherit the estate.

# will - Monday 23 October, 2017

Poll: Do you have a will? Lunch Crunch This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you have a will?

Give it to us straight. Be honest.

# will - Thursday 22 December, 2016

From The42 Watch: Seamus Coleman makes young Everton fan's Christmas with special visit at end of tough year Christmas Spirit This post contains videos

Watch: Seamus Coleman makes young Everton fan's Christmas with special visit at end of tough year

Will McKenzie’s father passed away in April at the age of 52.

# will - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

Search to identify Prince's heirs as he died 'without a will'

Immediate decisions must be made about his business interests.

# will - Thursday 14 April, 2016

Poll: Are you worried about not having a will? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you worried about not having a will?

Dying intestate leaves the division of your estate in the hands of the law of the land.

# will - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

How Osama bin Laden wanted €27 million fortune to be doled out after his death

Documents released by the US government show the al-Qaida leader left a will with instructions on how to divide up his funds.

# will - Thursday 12 November, 2015

Organising a funeral: The unexpected challenges when a loved ones dies

It can seem like an overwhelming task – here it is step by step.

# will - Monday 27 July, 2015

A millionaire left his daughters $20 million - but they get bonuses if they get married and don't work

Marlena Laboz, 21 and her 17-year-old sister Victoria will get bonuses if they adhere to the rules set out in their father’s will.

# will - Friday 29 May, 2015

This woman has just been made to hand over €2 billion to her daughter

Gina Rinehart was ranked the 37th most powerful woman in the world this week by Forbes magazine.

# will - Monday 25 May, 2015

Hundreds of Irish people are due inheritances from relatives but don't know it

There are more than 500 unclaimed estates in the UK that were owned by people of Irish origin.

# will - Thursday 21 May, 2015

How much money do you have to pay out to inherit a house?

Some properties can be too expensive to inherit.

# will - Thursday 19 February, 2015

From The Daily Edge Couple to leave all their money to their pet monkey Chunmun

Couple to leave all their money to their pet monkey

They say they have raised the monkey ‘like a son’.

# will - Sunday 5 October, 2014

US woman accused of digging up her father claims 'he would be okay with it'

She was in search of his “real will”… but only found a pack of cigarettes.

# will - Friday 26 September, 2014

What type of charity would you donate to in your will, if any?

Children’s charities are the most likely to receive money from people’s wills.

# will - Thursday 25 September, 2014

From The42 Analysis: Connacht's defence drives strong start to Pro12 season Understanding

Analysis: Connacht's defence drives strong start to Pro12 season

We take a look at the mindset and understanding that helped the western province to beat Leinster.

# will - Thursday 17 July, 2014

Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn't fluent in Irish? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn't fluent in Irish?

Junior Minister Joe McHugh, from Donegal, has a special responsibility for Gaeltacht matters.

# will - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Recluse leaves entire 'Nazi hoard' art collection to Swiss museum

The museum said it would now wrestle with the huge legal and historical burden accompanying the artworks.

# will - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Mandela widow gives up her right to half his estate

She does, however, get four properties, cars, artwork and jewellery in lieu.

# will - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Families of women claiming to be Mandela's daughters not seeking inheritance

The two women were reportedly born during Mandela’s stormy marriage to Mase, with whom he had four children.

# will - Saturday 7 December, 2013

US man who wore threadbare clothes leaves secret fortune to charity

Jack MacDonald, who left $188 million to three institutions after his death at the age of 98, was known for cutting out money-off vouchers and wearing jumpers with holes in them.

# will - Thursday 31 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge Moss, Angel Delight and sleeveless jumpers...The Great Irish Bake Off semi-final Gibo

Moss, Angel Delight and sleeveless jumpers...The Great Irish Bake Off semi-final

Baking hell! There’s only four of them left!

# will - Friday 4 October, 2013

Do you have a will? You're in the minority if you do

Research from from charity group MyLegacy show that only 34 per cent of Irish people have made legal arrangements for when they die.

# will - Monday 19 August, 2013

Over €4 million left to Trócaire in wills last year

Overall the charity’s income was down 10 per cent as it said it continues to be impacted by the difficult economic climate.

# will - Thursday 4 July, 2013

James Gandolfini leaves bulk of $70 million to son and baby daughter

Thirteen-year-old Michael and eight-month-old Liliana will have Sopranos star’s money held in trust.

# will - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Poll: Would you leave money to a charity in your will? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you leave money to a charity in your will?

A Dublin woman left €500k to an animal welfare charity in her will, which will be split between two Limerick charities. Will you be leaving money to charity in your will?

# will - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

From The Daily Edge Hospital treating pregnant Kate falls for prank call from queen Prank Phonecall

Hospital treating pregnant Kate falls for prank call from queen

The nurse gave an Australian radio station details of Kate’s condition when they posed as the 86-year-old monarch.

# will - Sunday 30 September, 2012

Poll: Have you written a will? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you written a will?

Research shows just 34 percent of adults in Ireland have a will. So we ask: Have you made a will?

# will - Sunday 22 July, 2012

From The Daily Edge Mother of Michael Jackson 'missing but safe' Jackson

Mother of Michael Jackson 'missing but safe'

Katherine Jackson’s granddaughter Paris tweeted to say she was missing after some of her children wrote a letter alleging Michael Jackson’s will was a fake.

# will - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday Daily Fix This post contains images

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In today’s fix: Postcodes may be on the way, Ireland’s broadband is up to speed, fun in the sun, and the beach comes to Dublin Castle…

# will - Tuesday 14 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Family feud taints Zsa Zsa's final years Family Feud

Family feud taints Zsa Zsa's final years

As Zsa Zsa Gabor lies ill in bed, her daughter and husband feud over everything from her will to how often they see her.

# will - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

From The Daily Edge Tony Curtis left his children nothing in will Family Silver

Tony Curtis left his children nothing in will

An attempt to contest the will failed after legendary actor chose not to make provisions for his children.

# will - Thursday 12 August, 2010

THE SIZE of the fortunes left behind by some of Ireland’s most famous sons have been published by an online genealogy website.

Ancestry.co.uk has published the details of millions of wills, including Irish legends Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, William Butler Yeats and Ernest Shackleton.

The records made available also include those of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

We’ve gone through some the best-known names to give you the details:

Oscar Wilde

Dublin man Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde – better known as Oscar Wilde – remains one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Wilde was also extremely popular during his own lifetime and was paid handsomely for his works, which included The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

But, despite this, he died in diminished circumstances.

Wilde died in November 1900, and while it would be wrong to say that he died “penniless”, he left an estate worth just £250 (€28,000 today ) which, considering his earlier wealth, was a very modest sum. His estate, which he left to his son Vyvyan Beresford Holland, took twenty years to settle.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats, a poet, dramatist and Nobel Prize winner,was born Co Dublin and was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. He famously penned The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

Yeats left an estate valued at £4,498 14s 2d (worth €267,000 today) to his widow Bertha Georgie Yeats. He died in January 1939,

Charles Stewart Parnell

Wicklow man Charles Stewart Parnell championed the cause of Home Rule for Ireland, was elected as the MP for Co Meath, and entered the House of Commons in London in 1875.

He fell from grace after the details of his seven-year affair with married woman, Kitty O’Shea, were revealed. The pair later married.

In 1891 Parnell – known as the “uncrowned king of Ireland” – left a total of £11,774 7s 3d, which would be the equivalent of €1.3m in today, to his wife, Kitty.
Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shackleton, born in Kilkea in Co Kildare, was a polar explorer and one of the principle figures involved in what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. He died during his last expedition in 1922.
Shackleton left an estate of £556 2s 2d (the equivalent of around €24,000 today) to his widow, Emily Mary Shackleton.
Bram Stoker

Clontarf-born “Dracula” author Bram Stoker left an estate worth £5,269 12s 7d (€553,000 in today’s values) to his widow, Florence Ann Lemon Stoker after his death in 1012.

Other famous names

  • Author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, left the equivalent of €3.6 million by today’s standards
  • Writer Charles Dickens left the equivalent of €8.5 million
  • British naturalist Charles Darwin left behind a whopping estate worth €15 million
  • Socialist Karl Marx left a much more modest sum, the equivalent of €27,000, to his youngest daughter Eleanor

Ancestry.co.uk allows registered users a two-week free trial. After that, there is a subscription service, or pay as you go, at a cost of £6.95 for access to 12 documents.