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15th Mar '18 1:17:32 AM yisfidri
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* There's a ''Literature/MissMarple'' short story by 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.]]

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* There's a ''Literature/MissMarple'' short story from ''Literature/TheThirteenProblems'' by 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.]]
5th Dec '17 9:38:51 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* The Creator/JohnBellairs book ''Literature/TheMummyTheWillAndTheCrypt'' 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 Creator/JohnBellairs book ''Literature/TheMummyTheWillAndTheCrypt'' ''[[Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine 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 Oct '17 6:39:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'': The eldest Baskerville brother inherited their father's manor because there was no (known) will stating otherwise. Hidden somewhere in the house, there was a will through which the youngest son inherited.

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* ''ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'': ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': The eldest Baskerville brother inherited their father's manor because there was no (known) will stating otherwise. Hidden somewhere in the house, there was a will through which the youngest son inherited.
3rd Sep '17 1:17:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In ''Crocodile on the Sandbank'', the first AmeliaPeabody mystery, the importance of the MacGuffin turns out to be that it has a lost will hidden inside.

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* In ''Crocodile on the Sandbank'', the first AmeliaPeabody ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'' mystery, the importance of the MacGuffin turns out to be that it has a lost will hidden inside.
23rd Aug '17 1:43:51 AM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Gates of Sleep]]'': A variant form -- Madame Arachne doesn't destroy the will to keep Marina from inheriting from her parents, she destroys it because it assigned Marina's guardianship to her godparents. She then claims Marina's guardianship as the newly-orphaned girl's sole remaining relative.

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* ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Gates of Sleep]]'': ''Literature/TheGatesOfSleep'': A variant form -- Madame Arachne doesn't destroy the will to keep Marina from inheriting from her parents, she destroys it because it assigned Marina's guardianship to her godparents. She then claims Marina's guardianship as the newly-orphaned girl's sole remaining relative.
15th Aug '17 10:12:00 AM henke37
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* ''Videogame/{{Safecracker}}'' has the player hired to find the will of an eccentric safe enthusiast. [[spoiler:Turns out the guy never could decide and left the decision to whomever found the will.]]
15th Aug '17 6:41:43 AM Antigone3
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* ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Gates of Sleep]]'': A variant form -- Madame Arachne doesn't destroy the will to keep Marina from inheriting from her parents, she destroys it because it assigned Marina's guardianship to her godparents. She then claims Marina's guardianship as the newly-orphaned girl's sole remaining relative.
24th Jun '17 9:36:39 AM nombretomado
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* ''JudgeDee'': One case deals with a former governor dying, and his first son kicking out the governor's second wife and child. Though it was certain the governor would leave his wife something, the son produced a will that left her nothing. Judge Dee finds the real will over the course of the story.

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* ''JudgeDee'': ''Literature/JudgeDee'': One case deals with a former governor dying, and his first son kicking out the governor's second wife and child. Though it was certain the governor would leave his wife something, the son produced a will that left her nothing. Judge Dee finds the real will over the course of the story.
20th Jan '17 8:30:59 PM BKelly95
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' VCR game had it that Mr. Boddy prepared two extra wills and hid them in case his first one is destroyed. It is and so is the first replacement they find. Strangely, all three wills have different conditions for paying off: the first one requires that [[{{Tontine}} the group kill each other off]], the second is a more normal will with his fortune being divided among his friends, and the third pays the fortune to the one who can dig up the most secrets on the others.
15th Dec '16 5:01:29 PM Bissek
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* In the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' short story "The Doctor's Case" by Creator/StephenKing, the deceased was murdered because he had written a new will - [[PassedOverInheritance which disinherited his long-suffering family in favor of a pet shelter]] - something he did purely out of spite. [[spoiler:Holmes and Lestrange decide that between the abuse the man's family had gone through and the fact that he would have died within the year anyway, they can let the fact that they killed the man and destroyed the new will slide, and conceal the evidence.]]
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