Legal Quote of the Week - Will of Wolgith

“He that bereaves my will, which by God’s permission I have now made, let him be bereaved of these earthly joys; and may the Almighty Lord – cut him off from all holy men’s communion in Doomsday; and be he delivered to Satan, the Devil and all his cursed companions to hell’s bottom, and there be tortured, with those whom God has cast off or forsaken, without intermission, and never trouble my heirs.”

-Will of Wolgith, 1046, setting forth an unusually robust no-contest clause.

For more information on such clauses, see: Benjamin H. Pruett, Tales from the Dark Side: Drafting Issues from the Fiduciary Perspective (ABA, 2011).