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* In ''Film/BrewstersMillions'' (1985), the plot of the movie is the Silly Will condition: Brewster inherits $30 million, 10% of the estate, and he must spend all of it within a month to get the remaining 90%. The hurdle is that he can't acquire assets, donate, or simply throw the money away, and nobody else may know what he's doing. He spends the movie hiring assistants, renting hotels, and baffling his friends who think money drove him insane.

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* In ''Film/BrewstersMillions'' (1985), the plot of the movie is the Silly Will condition: ''Film/BrewstersMillions1985'': Brewster inherits $30 million, 10% of the estate, and he must spend all of it within a month to get the remaining 90%. The hurdle is that he can't acquire assets, donate, or simply throw the money away, and nobody else may know what he's doing. He spends the movie hiring assistants, renting hotels, and baffling his friends who think money drove him insane.

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Bilbo Baggins isn't dead, but is going to live with the Elves and disposing of some of his possessions in the Shire. His directions for settling them are all snarky comments on how his family and friends treated his property when he ''was'' around, like giving his bookshelf to someone who kept borrowing his books and not returning them.


* In ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', the aged Baron Beaufort von Frankenstein leaves instructions that his estate shall be given to his distant great-grandson rather than shared among a cadre of mooching relatives, if said great-grandson has become a respected doctor of his own accord. One of the relatives tries to pass this clause off as insanity. The scene was [[DeletedScene removed from the final film]]. Said Baron also wanted the will not to be revealed until 100 years from when he was born, meaning Frederick had to meet the terms until then. The other relatives didn't like having to wait until then to either get the estate or learn they wouldn't.

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* In ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', the aged Baron Beaufort von Frankenstein leaves instructions that his estate shall be given to his distant great-grandson rather than shared among a cadre of mooching relatives, if said great-grandson has become a respected doctor of his own accord. One of the relatives tries to pass this clause off as insanity.insanity but the executor reminds her that civilization is based on law and so it shall be followed. The scene was [[DeletedScene removed from the final film]]. Said Baron also wanted the will not to be revealed until 100 years from when he was born, meaning Frederick had to meet the terms until then. The other relatives didn't like having to wait until then to either get the estate or learn they wouldn't.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking" begins when Bender is left a haunted castle, belonging to his uncle Vladimir, on the condition that he spend one night in it. The will also contains the clause 'To my loyal butler, [[HeyYou You There]], for his decades of service, I leave a pittance, to be paid in 20 equal installments of one-twentieth of a pittance each.'

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking" begins when Bender is left a haunted castle, belonging to his uncle Vladimir, on the condition that he spend one night in it.it (Vladimir also stipulated that Bender only inherited the castle if he wasn't responsible for the former's death). The will also contains the clause 'To my loyal butler, [[HeyYou You There]], for his decades of service, I leave a pittance, to be paid in 20 equal installments of one-twentieth of a pittance each.'



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* ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonWhatCameAfter'': Gallade's grandfather, a Wobbuffet, left him Wobbuffet Dojo which is [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} built in a Wobbuffet's likeness]], and the will stipulates that neither the name nor appearance can be altered.


** Giving three lawyers known to despise each other lifetime joint tenancy together in his vacation house in Jamaica. Note that joint tenancy is a form of ownership giving the "tenants"--owners, really--equal rights to it, and grants the last of the tenants to die a right of survivorship: i.e. the survivor takes the property outright (creating a perfect situation for a {{Tontine}}). But Millar had provided for that, as well: the house was to be sold at the end of the survivor's life and the proceeds to be distributed to Toronto's poor. (Fortunately for the lawyers in question, the house had been sold off some time previously, meaning that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ademption they couldn't get the house or anything else from Millar's estate]].)

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** Giving three lawyers known to despise each other lifetime joint tenancy together in his vacation house in Jamaica. Note that joint tenancy is a form of ownership giving the "tenants"--owners, really--equal "tenants" -- owners, really -- equal rights to it, and grants the last of the tenants to die a right of survivorship: i.e. the survivor takes the property outright (creating a perfect situation for a {{Tontine}}). But Millar had provided for that, as well: the house was to be sold at the end of the survivor's life and the proceeds to be distributed to Toronto's poor. (Fortunately for the lawyers in question, the house had been sold off some time previously, meaning that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ademption they couldn't get the house or anything else from Millar's estate]].)



** Giving every practicing minister in three towns a share in another nearby jockey club...which shares turned out to only be worth half a cent each, but only after the ministers had all publicly agonised about the bequest.
** Giving a group of prominent Protestant prohibitionists $700,000 worth of shares in a Catholic brewery--on condition that they participate in the brewery's management and draw on its stock dividends. (Fortunately for the prohibitionists, he had also sold the stock shortly before his death.)
** Saying that the remainder of his (quite considerable) estate was to be converted to cash 10 years after his death and given to the woman in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} who gave birth to the most children in that time. This became known as the "Great Stork Race". This was generally seen as his protest against people who criticized the childless and encouraged childbearing.

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** Giving every practicing minister in three towns a share in another nearby jockey club... which shares turned out to only be worth half a cent each, but only after the ministers had all publicly agonised about the bequest.
** Giving a group of prominent Protestant prohibitionists $700,000 worth of shares in a Catholic brewery--on O'Keefe Brewery, which was Catholic-owned -- on condition that they participate in the brewery's management and draw on its stock dividends. (Fortunately for the prohibitionists, he had also sold the stock shortly before his death.)
** Saying that the remainder of his (quite considerable) estate was to be converted to cash 10 years after his death and given to the woman in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} who gave birth to the most children in that time. This became known as the "Great Stork Race".Derby". This was generally seen as his protest against people who criticized the childless and encouraged childbearing. In the end, four women who birthed nine children each got $100,000 from the estate while two other women settled out of court for $12,500.


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vance_Millar Charles Vance Millar]], Canadian lawyer who had made a lot of money from his legal practice and even more money from some good investments (e.g. investing in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit–Windsor_Tunnel Detroit–Windsor Tunnel]]) who, when he died, had no close relatives to give it to. He therefore determined to write as silly a will as he could imagine (but which would pass muster in probate). His will included things such as:

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vance_Millar Charles Vance Millar]], Canadian lawyer who had made a lot of money from his legal practice and even more money from some good investments (e.g. investing in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit–Windsor_Tunnel Detroit–Windsor org/wiki/Detroit%2DWindsor_Tunnel Detroit-Windsor Tunnel]]) who, when he died, had no close relatives to give it to. He therefore determined to write as silly a will as he could imagine (but which would pass muster in probate). His will included things such as:


* Iowa attorney [[https://www.futilitycloset.com/2011/07/29/the-zink-womanless-library/ T.M. Zink]] probably didn't know that after his death in 1930, he would be notorious for being a HeManWomanHater. As not only did he [[KickTheDog leave his wife and daughter out of it]], but wanted his family to build the Zink Womanless Library which would not only bar women from entry, but would also not contain any books or artwork by women. Naturally, the requirement was that the investment to build the library had to be used within 75 years and society had '''more''' [[SocietyMarchesOn than marched on]] by that time, so his family challenged the will in court.

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* Iowa attorney [[https://www.futilitycloset.com/2011/07/29/the-zink-womanless-library/ T.M. Zink]] probably didn't know that after his death in 1930, he would be notorious for being a HeManWomanHater. As not only did he [[KickTheDog leave his wife and daughter out of it]], but wanted his family to build the Zink Womanless Library which would not only bar women from entry, but would also not contain any books or artwork by women. Naturally, the requirement was that the investment to build the library had to be used within 75 years and society had '''more''' [[SocietyMarchesOn than marched on]] by that time, so his family daughter challenged the will in court.court and won by having him declared of unsound mind -- the inheritance went to her.


-->'''AltText''': "And to you, I leave my life-sized ice sculpture replica of the Pietà which was blessed by the Pope. You must never let it melt! Now, remember, all gifts must be removed from my estate within 24 hours."

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-->'''AltText''': "And to you, I leave my life-sized ice sculpture replica of the Pietà Pietá which was blessed by the Pope. You must never let it melt! Now, remember, all gifts must be removed from my estate within 24 hours."


* ''Film/{{Incendies}}'': Played for drama. Nawal's will divides her estate equally between her daughter and son, but also charges them to deliver two letters, one to the father they've never met and one to the brother they never knew they had. Only then will they receive a final letter for themselves. Her son thinks that it's a stupid goose-chase and presses the executor to just give him the final letter, but they have to take it seriously.



* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' short story "To the Barest". When Ralph Ottur (the founder of the Black Widowers club) dies, he leaves a will which requires the members to solve a riddle in order for one of the members to receive a bequest.
** In another, the members have to help a friend whose eccentric uncle required him to solve a riddle in order to receive an inheritance. To raise the stakes, if the riddle wasn't solved, the money would go to the American Nazi Party.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' short story "To the Barest". When Ralph Ottur (the founder of the Black Widowers club) dies, he leaves a will which requires the members to solve a riddle in order for one of the members to receive a bequest.
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bequest. In another, the members have to help a friend whose eccentric uncle required him to solve a riddle in order to receive an inheritance. To raise the stakes, if the riddle wasn't solved, the money would go to the American Nazi Party.


* In //Film/TheGhoul'', Professor Morlant makes some very strange stipulations in his will, mostly connected with his burial, all of which relate to his belief that he is going to be resurrected by an ancient Egyptian jewel.

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* In //Film/TheGhoul'', ''Film/TheGhoul'', Professor Morlant makes some very strange stipulations in his will, mostly connected with his burial, all of which relate to his belief that he is going to be resurrected by an ancient Egyptian jewel.


* In //Film/TheGhoul'', Professor Morlant makes some very strange stipulations in his will, mostly connected with his burial, all of which relate to his belief that he is going to be resurrected by an ancient Egyptian jewel.



* In ''Film/WhatACarveUp'', Not only does Gabriel Broughton [[PassedOverInheritance leave absolutely nothing to his family in his will]] (and make them all travel to his OldDarkHouse to hear this), but he bequeaths his nurse Linda all of his medicines, syringes and empty medicine bottles. Linda, at least, sees the funny side of this.

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* In ''Film/WhatACarveUp'', Not not only does Gabriel Broughton [[PassedOverInheritance leave absolutely nothing to his family in his will]] (and make them all travel to his OldDarkHouse to hear this), but he bequeaths his nurse Linda all of his medicines, syringes and empty medicine bottles. Linda, at least, sees the funny side of this.


** In another, the members have to help a friend who's eccentric uncle required him to solve a riddle in order to receive an inheritance. To raise the stakes, if the riddle wasn't solved, the money would go to the American Nazi Party.

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** In another, the members have to help a friend who's whose eccentric uncle required him to solve a riddle in order to receive an inheritance. To raise the stakes, if the riddle wasn't solved, the money would go to the American Nazi Party.


* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'' has Oliver, who asked to have his head severed upon his death so it can be stripped of flesh and used in a production of ''{{Hamlet}}''.

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* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'' has Oliver, who asked to have his head severed upon his death so it can be stripped of flesh and used in a production of ''{{Hamlet}}''.''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.

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