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This article brought to you courtesy of Paula Walker of Confluence Law Center, Gresham Outlook Insider Estate Planning Expert.

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Given that COVID 19 is the talk of the town, in every news station, every establishment, every conversation, every element of daily life, I've decided that we need a bit of "lightening up". Today's article on Wills is intended to be a dose of spirit-lifting. Pun intended. Hope you enjoy and get a chuckle from these humorous, strange and zany wills.

Let's turn first to Dusty Springfield the British pop-singer. Remember "Wishin' and Hopin' " and "Son of a Preacher Man"? She made her elderly cat primo in her Will, instructing he was to be fed imported baby food, serenaded each night with her ballads, and married to the female cat of his appointed caretaker.

The famous escape-artist, Houdini, intrigued with the possibility of after-life communication, crafted with his wife a 10-digit code that he would use after his death so that she would be sure it was him communicating. In his Will directed that she would hold a séance each year on the anniversary of his death.

Then there's the not-so-famous California prune farmer, Tom Shewbridge, whose name and story is memorialized. He invested his estate, 29,000 shares of stock in the local power and light company, valued at $112,000 in 1958, in the name of his two dogs Mac and George. The two dogs regularly attended the stockholders' and board of directors' meetings for many years following Tom's passing.

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