An 85 year old man, Robert Porter, was stuck in his car -in a ravine- on a road in Texas for two days. As he was afraid of dying in his car, he wrote what believed to be his final message on the car’s armrest. In the message he stated that he was in an accident and that he wasn’t trying to kill himself. He also directed his family to give him a closed casket at his funeral. To call for help, he used his car horn until the battery died and he was rescued about 40 hours later. See: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/13/trapped-man-85-wrote-goodbye-note-before-rescue/?hpt=hp_bn1
According to New York Surrogate’s Courts, a valid will can transfer an interest in both personal property (e.g. bank accounts, furniture, stocks, and clothing) and real property (such as real estate). A will also allows a person to name an individual to serve as an executor of the estate and guardian over the children. Moreover, a will can provide protection for family members (for example, trusts for adult incompetent children). See: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/surrogates/faqs.shtml#q3
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