George Washington’s Last Will & Testament

George WashingtonSeeing as this is the week of Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to look back upon this nation’s history and the estate planning of one of our great Founding Fathers.

Yes, even George Washington saw the value in estate planning. . . and so should you! His thoughtful and thorough Last Will and Testament even had an arbitration clause for any potential disagreement among his heirs regarding his testamentary intent:

I hope, and trust, that no disputes will arise concerning them; but if, contrary to expectation, the case should be otherwise from the want of legal expression, or the usual technical terms, or because too much or too little has been said on any of the Devises to be consonant with law, My Will and direction expressly is, that all disputes (if unhappily any should arise) shall be decided by three impartial and intelligent men, known for their probity and good understanding; two to be chosen by the disputants—each having the choice of one—and the third by those two. Which three men thus chosen, shall, unfettered by Law, or legal constructions, declare their sense of the Testators intention; and such decision is, to all intents and purposes to be as binding on the Parties as if it had been given in the Supreme Court of the United States.

For those of you who enjoy history and would like to read the entire Last Will and Testament of George Washington, click here!

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