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18th Apr '16 8:56:21 PM Vilui
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A complication arises when the character had actually left a will, but there is another, later one, which would of course supercede it.

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A complication arises when the character had actually left a will, but there is another, later one, which would of course supercede supersede it.
21st Sep '15 10:21:19 AM BKelly95
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* ''{{Series/Cheers}}'' did this as a throwaway gag. The reading of Eddie [=LeBec's=] will comes a significant amount of time after his funeral. Carla explains that he trusted his will with one of his hockey buddies who forgot where he put it.
24th Aug '15 3:47:41 PM davah301
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* In the Literature/HerculePoirot book ''Peril at End House'' the will of Nick is missing, only turning up after her [[spoiler: faked]] death. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a [[ForgingTheWill forgery]].]]

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* In the Literature/HerculePoirot book ''Peril at End House'' Literature/PerilAtEndHouse the will of Nick is missing, only turning up after her [[spoiler: faked]] death. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a [[ForgingTheWill forgery]].]]
24th Aug '15 3:43:26 PM davah301
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* In the Literature/HerculePoirot book ''Peril at End House'' the will of Nick is missing, only turning up after her [[spoiler: faked]] death. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a [[ForgingTheWill forgery]].]]
10th Nov '14 11:59:04 AM DaibhidC
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* In an old episode of ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' called 'The Case of the Missing Will', this happens after a dying man asks [[Literature/HerculePoirot Poirot]] to be the executor of his new will. The man dies before he can write it and the previous one is discovered missing, stolen in fact.

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* In an old episode of ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' called 'The Case of the Missing Will', this happens after a dying man asks [[Literature/HerculePoirot Poirot]] to be the executor of his new will. The man dies before he can write it and the previous one is discovered missing, stolen in fact.
fact. (The short story of the same title is very different and doesn't ''exactly'' fit the trope.)
9th May '14 10:29:02 AM LongLiveHumour
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* VladimirLenin's will contained several last orders regarding the cadre of the Communist Party, which included firing JosephStalin. Of course, it was conveniently misplaced by Uncle Joe and declassified only after his death.

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* VladimirLenin's UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin's will contained several last orders regarding the cadre of the Communist Party, which included firing JosephStalin.UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. Of course, it was conveniently misplaced by Uncle Joe and declassified only after his death.
24th Apr '14 4:06:43 AM foxley
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* The Creator/ElleryQueen novel ''The Greek Coffin Mystery'' starts when Ellery and his father Inspector Richard Queen are called in to locate the missing will of a wealthy art collector. Ellery narrows down the possible location of the will to a single location: the dead man's coffin. When it is exhumed, however, it contains no will but [[CrammingTheCoffin the surprising addition of a strangled ex-convict]].
8th Apr '14 11:49:45 AM LongLiveHumour
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* There's a MissMarple short story by AgathaChristie called ''Motive vs. Opportunity'', where the will had been recently rewritten to leave all the dead man's money to a PhonyPsychic, instead of his family. However, when the envelope that should have contained the will is opened, all it contains is a piece of blank paper. [[spoiler: Then it's subverted, as the will is still right where it was, it was just written with disappearing ink.]]
* Several LordPeterWimsey stories involve this:

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* There's a MissMarple ''Literature/MissMarple'' short story by AgathaChristie Creator/AgathaChristie called ''Motive vs. Opportunity'', where the will had been recently rewritten to leave all the dead man's money to a PhonyPsychic, instead of his family. However, when the envelope that should have contained the will is opened, all it contains is a piece of blank paper. [[spoiler: Then it's subverted, as the will is still right where it was, it was just written with disappearing ink.]]
* Several LordPeterWimsey ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' stories involve this:
23rd Feb '14 3:46:21 PM Geoduck
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* The JohnBellairs book ''The Mummy, the Will and the Crypt'' has cereal magnate H. Bagwell Glomus, whose will was hidden away before his suicide, and young Johnny Dixon's desperate hunt for it (he wants the reward money to pay for a brain surgeon for his grandmother, whom he believes to be dying of a brain tumor), which is opposed by Glomus's sister, who wants the will to stay hidden because she fears her brother hadn't left her anything (without a will, she at least got some of his money). Johnny ultimately finds where the will was hidden, but it's destroyed before anyone can read it. He still gets the reward money, since he DID find where it was hidden.

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* The JohnBellairs Creator/JohnBellairs book ''The Mummy, the Will and the Crypt'' has cereal magnate H. Bagwell Glomus, whose will was hidden away before his suicide, and young Johnny Dixon's desperate hunt for it (he wants the reward money to pay for a brain surgeon for his grandmother, whom he believes to be dying of a brain tumor), which is opposed by Glomus's sister, who wants the will to stay hidden because she fears her brother hadn't left her anything (without a will, she at least got some of his money). Johnny ultimately finds where the will was hidden, but it's destroyed before anyone can read it. He still gets the reward money, since he DID find where it was hidden.
24th May '13 12:11:05 AM AnoneMouseJr.
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* The JohnBellairs book ''The Mummy, the Will and the Crypt'' has cereal magnate H. Bagwell Glomus, whose will was hidden away before his suicide, and young Johnny Dixon's desperate hunt for it (he wants the reward money to pay for a brain surgeon for his grandmother, whom he believes to be dying of a brain tumor), which is opposed by Glomus's sister, who wants the will to stay hidden because she fears her brother hadn't left her anything (without a will, she at least got some of his money). Johnny ultimately finds where the will was hidden, but it's destroyed before anyone can read it. He still gets the reward money, since he DID find where it was hidden.
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