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Wills Trusts & Estates keyed to Dukeminier
Thompson v. Royall
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Lou Bowen Kroll asked Judge Coulling and H.P. Brittain to bring her will and codicil to her home. She told them both in the presence of her attorney to destroy them. Coulling suggested that instead of destroying the will and codicil, Kroll should retain the will and codicil in the event that she decided to execute a new will. Coulling wrote on the back of the manuscript cover to the will the words, “This will null and void and to be only held by H.P. Brittain instead of being destroyed as a memorandum for another will if I desire to make the same. This 19 Sept., 1932.” Crowell then signed the document. The same was written on the back of the codicil except the name S.M.B. Coulling was substituted for H.P. Brittain and signed by Kroll. The trial court admitted the will and codicil and Kroll’s heirs at law appeal the decision.
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