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Court Settles Debate Over Woman's Last Will and Testament

The woman's family and her church both claimed a certificate of deposit.

• A Tennessee appeals court was asked whether a last will and testament left a $100,000 certificate of deposit to her church, or to her relatives. The will specified that "I have not made a devise or bequest to any of my relatives in this will because they are all financially secure in their own right and do not need any little thing I have to offer." The will also stated: "I direct that my executor shall allow the members of my family to select such item or items from my clothing, jewelry, household goods, personal effects and all other tangible personal property not otherwise specifically bequeathed, except securities and cash on hand or on deposit, as each of them may desire or want …. In the event that there is any of said personal property remaining, my executor is directed to sell the remaining property at public or private sale, as deemed most appropriate by my executor, ...

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  • March 1, 1991

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