Last Will and Testament: Instructions to the Executor

Last Will and Testament: Instructions to the Executor

A will is a document that entitles those named within the real property of the testator, the person signing the will.

A will is a document that entitles those named within the real property of the testator, the person signing the will. In certain cases, instructions are given to those left with the estate, the executors, to be followed through according to the wishes of the testator. One will, written by a man named John Bowman, had interesting, and rather amusing, instructions.

            John Bowman, a Vermont tanner, died in 1891. Before he died, however, he managed to write out his will, leaving his estate to his wife. His will also had very interesting instructions. The first instruction he left was that his trust fund was to be used in order to pay the servants. Secondly, he wished for his twenty-one room mansion to be cleaned and maintained, even after his death. Lastly, dinner was to be prepared every night, just in case he came back to life and wanted something to eat.

            In modern times, the executor’s responsibility to carry out instructions left in wills may vary depending on state regulations and the capacity to carry them out. In John Bowman’s case, his wishes were carried out until 1950, when the money in his trust was finally depleted. Commonly, instructions within the will are left to indicate how one wishes to be buried or what funeral services they wish to receive and do not include paying servants to maintain an empty mansion on the off chance one might come back to life.

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