Yeah, you’re in my will. I mention you by name. This is another example of the classic tactic of making sure a person is named in the will (sometimes with a nominal inheritance like a dollar) so that the person can’t dispute it, saying obviously the deceased would mention them – no matter how awful that person was to the deceased in real life.
This person, however, really just thinks it will be a lot of fun to have the people present hear their name and get nothing. Less than nothing. But, hey, you’re in the will. That’s got to count for something.
Be Nice to Old Ladies
Usually, being nice to old ladies is its own reward, but sometimes it comes with some actual monetary rewards at the same time, such as in this example. A bus driver helped the lady on and off the bus, helped with her groceries, or whatever else, and she decided to leave him everything she had. A house and all her belongings, which would be a windfall for anybody.
For someone that drives a bus for a living (hey, no judgment, it's a very important job) this could be life-changing. Will the family contest the will? Almost certainly. But we hope that the bus driver got everything he or she deserved.
The Dead Need Things Too
Compos mentis means, in this example at least, that the person is in good mental health. That doesn't explain why the person left many of his things to people who were – at the time of the will's writing – already dead, but there's not much that can be done. The person had some kind of strange reason for wanting to leave earthly possessions to the previously deceased.
We couldn't guess it, but there must be SOME reason. You wouldn't just...leave a lot of stuff to dead people for no reason, would you? Would you?
When a Numismatist Passes
A numismatist is someone who collects coins (Another new word you have learned today). This coin-collector had huge sacks of change to disperse to all of his loved ones, and they weren't sorted or anything. There's no doubt some of these little pieces of circular metal had some value to them, but most were worth the amount stamped on them.
However, someone who collects so many coins is going to have some cool ones, such as a coin from what appears to be WWII Germany. We'd love to see what kind of metal bits each person was able to walk away with.
A Name Is Important
Names are the kind of thing that has a lot of emotional weight to them, but it's not often one is regulated so much in a will. Only one of the three children was allowed to name a grandchild after the mom and went into great detail about exactly why the other two sons weren't allowed to do so.
However, the story goes on to say that the person who related this story talked to an attorney about it, and there's no way this clause would be legally binding. There's really no way to stop or force people from naming their children certain things. See George Foreman.