Warren Burger (1907 - 1995)
The former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court left this 176-word Will. As you can see, the Will says nothing about taxes, nor does it give any specified powers to his executors. It is speculated that his failure to elaborate his wishes cost his estate thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees. For more information about Chief Justice Burger, please see his biography in Wikipedia.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
WARREN E. BURGER
I hereby make and declare the following to be my last will and testament.
1. My executors will first pay all claims against my estate;
2. The remainder of my estate will be distributed as follows: one-third to my daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Burger Rose and two-thirds to my son, Wade A. Burger;
3. I designate and appoint as executors of this will, Wade A. Burger and J. Michael Luttig.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand to this my Last Will and Testament this 9th day of June, 1994.
/s/ Warren E. Burger
We hereby certify that in our presence on the date written above WARREN E. BURGER signed the foregoing instrument and declared it to be his Last Will and Testament and that at this request in his presence and in the presence of each other we have signed our names below as witnesses.
/s/ Nathaniel E. Brady residing at 120 F St., NW, Washington, DC
/s/ Alice M. Khu residing at 3041 Meeting St., Falls Church, VA
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Ref: Last Will and Testament of Warren Burger