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However, they don't do this by going to see a lawyer and writing up a will - instead, they either write the name of the intended recipient on the item, or ask their friends and family to ''label'' their possessions if they would like to inherit them.

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However, they don't do this by going to see a lawyer and writing up a will - instead, they either write the name of the intended recipient on the item, item or ask their friends and family to ''label'' their possessions if they would like to inherit them.



* The writer is in imminent peril and thus writes an "will" on the closest thing available.

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* The writer is in imminent peril and thus writes an a "will" on the closest thing available.



* In "Bond," the season 7 opener of the ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia takes on the case of a woman whose mother just died, leaving either her or her brother to inherit a signed Chagall painting worth $8 million. The mother had labelled everything in her home with Post-It notes designating who should have what, but a recent heatwave has caused the notes to fall off. The ensuing legal battle over the painting ends up involving: an adhesives expert to provide testimony on the Post-It notes; an aerodynamics expert to testify as to ''how'' exactly the Post-It notes would have fallen; and an industrial suction expert to talk about the deceased's Roomba, which could have disturbed the notes on the as they lay on the floor.

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* In "Bond," the season 7 opener of the ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia takes on the case of a woman whose mother just died, leaving either her or her brother to inherit a signed Chagall painting worth $8 million. The mother had labelled everything in her home with Post-It notes designating who should have what, but a recent heatwave has caused the notes to fall off. The ensuing legal battle over the painting ends up involving: an adhesives expert to provide testimony on the Post-It notes; an aerodynamics expert to testify as to ''how'' exactly the Post-It notes would have fallen; and an industrial suction expert to talk about the deceased's Roomba, which could have disturbed the notes on the them as they lay on the floor.


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* The writer is in imminent peril and thus writes an "will" on the closest thing available.


* In 1948, Cecil George Harris of Rosetown, Saskatchewan, used a pocket knife to scratch the words "In case I die in this mess, I leave all to the wife." into the fender of his tractor. The mess was him being pinned by his farm machinery for 10 hours in bad weather. While he was finally found and rescued, he died that night of his injuries. A few days later, the writing was noticed and taken to the local court, with his widow claiming this was his last will and testament. The judge accepted it without question, and ordered that particular portion of the tractor be cut off and filed. It's still on display at the Law Library of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law.

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* In 1948, Cecil George Harris of Rosetown, Saskatchewan, used a pocket knife to scratch the words "In case I die in this mess, I leave all to the wife." into the fender of his tractor. The mess was him being pinned by his farm machinery for 10 hours in bad weather. While he was finally found and rescued, he died that night of his injuries. A few days later, the writing was noticed and taken to the local court, with his widow claiming this was his last will and testament. The judge accepted it without question, question and ordered that particular portion of the tractor be cut off and filed. It's still on display at the Law Library of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law.Law.
* In cases such as The Gimli Glider and other instances where people expected to meet their end within hours if not minutes, some have written wills on anything they could write on.

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** At one point John, upon having been [[NoodleIncident handcuffed to a sofa]] for quite some time, decided to be [[http://www.leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=557 proactive.]]


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* One episode of the FairyOddParents has Timmy resorting to drafting a will on an Etch-a-Sketch after Vicky gets control of his fairies.

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* One episode of the FairyOddParents WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents has Timmy resorting to drafting a will on an Etch-a-Sketch after Vicky gets control of his fairies.

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* One episode of the FairyOddParents has Timmy resorting to drafting a will on an Etch-a-Sketch after Vicky gets control of his fairies.
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* In ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid: The Ugly Truth'', the narration reveals that Greg's great-grandmother, Gammie, is so old that people have started putting sticky notes on her stuff.

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* In ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid: The Ugly Truth'', ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKidTheUglyTruth'', the narration reveals that Greg's great-grandmother, Gammie, is so old that people have started putting sticky notes on her stuff.


* After Bilbo vanishes in ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', he leaves labelled items as gifts for people. One of his enemies ''does'' demand to see a will, but as it turns out, it's all in order. It's implied to be the normal way of doing things amongst Hobbits. Chaos arises because ''everyone'' in the Shire believes Bilbo's home hides riches from his adventure in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. It doesn't, as Bilbo actually only got two small chests filled with gold and silver (as opposed to the mountains of jewels everyone thinks he has), and he spent most of it in the intervening years. But that doesn't stop people from rummaging around Bag End and trying to get more than their share.

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* After Bilbo vanishes in ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', he leaves labelled items as gifts for people. One of his enemies ''does'' demand to see a will, but as it turns out, it's all in order. It's implied to be the normal way of doing things amongst Hobbits. Chaos arises because ''everyone'' in the Shire believes Bilbo's home hides riches from his adventure in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. It doesn't, as Bilbo actually only got two small chests filled with gold and silver (as opposed to the mountains of jewels everyone thinks he has), and he spent most of it in the intervening years.years[[note]]His sword and armor (which he took with him in any case) actually were ''incredibly'' valuable, worth more than the entire Shire, but even he didn't know that.[[/note]]. But that doesn't stop people from rummaging around Bag End and trying to get more than their share.


* In "Bond," the season 7 opener of the ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia takes on the case of a woman whose mother just died, leaving either her or her brother to inherit a signed Chagall painting worth $8 million. The woman had labelled everything in her home with Post-It notes designating who should have what, but a recent heatwave has caused the notes to fall off. The ensuing legal battle over the painting ends up involving: an adhesives expert to provide testimony on the Post-It notes; an aerodynamics expert to testify as to ''how'' exactly the Post-It notes would have fallen; and an industrial suction expert to talk about the deceased's Roomba, which could have disturbed the notes on the as they lay on the floor.

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* In "Bond," the season 7 opener of the ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia takes on the case of a woman whose mother just died, leaving either her or her brother to inherit a signed Chagall painting worth $8 million. The woman mother had labelled everything in her home with Post-It notes designating who should have what, but a recent heatwave has caused the notes to fall off. The ensuing legal battle over the painting ends up involving: an adhesives expert to provide testimony on the Post-It notes; an aerodynamics expert to testify as to ''how'' exactly the Post-It notes would have fallen; and an industrial suction expert to talk about the deceased's Roomba, which could have disturbed the notes on the as they lay on the floor.


* Facing the possibility of losing her trial and going to prison in the "[[Recap/ArrestedDevelopmentS4E10QueenB Queen B.]]" episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Lucille decides to take some keepsakes with her but finds that everything in her home has already been labelled by family.
-->'''Lucille''': This does not bode well for tomorrow.\\
'''Narrator''': Actually, they'd claimed those things years earlier when she was having a sunspot checked.
** [[spoiler: After her fellow prisoners plan to kill her, Lucille finds that the guards and prisoners have labelled her stuff in her cell.]]



* In "Bond," the season 7 opener of the ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia takes on the case of a woman whose mother just died, leaving either her or her brother to inherit a signed Chagall painting worth $8 million. The woman had labelled everything in her home with Post-It notes designating who should have what, but a recent heatwave has caused the notes to fall off. The ensuing legal battle over the painting ends up involving: an adhesives expert to provide testimony on the Post-It notes; an aerodynamics expert to testify as to ''how'' exactly the Post-It notes would have fallen; and an industrial suction expert to talk about the deceased's Roomba, which could have disturbed the notes on the as they lay on the floor.



* Facing the possibility of losing her trial and going to prison in the "[[Recap/ArrestedDevelopmentS4E10QueenB Queen B.]]" episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Lucille decides to take some keepsakes with her but finds that everything in her home has already been labelled by family.
-->'''Lucille''': This does not bode well for tomorrow.\\
'''Narrator''': Actually, they'd claimed those things years earlier when she was having a sunspot checked.
** [[spoiler: After her fellow prisoners plan to kill her, Lucille finds that the guards and prisoners have labelled her stuff in her cell.]]

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* In 1948, Cecil George Harris of Rosetown, Saskatchewan, used a pocket knife to scratch the words "In case I die in this mess, I leave all to the wife." into the fender of his tractor. The mess was him being pinned by his farm machinery for 10 hours in bad weather. While he was finally found and rescued, he died that night of his injuries. A few days later, the writing was noticed and taken to the local court, with his widow claiming this was his last will and testament. The judge accepted it without question, and ordered that particular portion of the tractor be cut off and filed. It's still on display at the Law Library of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law.
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* Ron Swanson on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has been carrying his will with him since childhood. It's a scrap of paper reading "All my belongings go to the person or animal that killed me". After Ben tells him that without an ''actual'' will all of his assets could go to the government, Ron decides to get a real one.

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* Ron Swanson on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has been carrying his will with him since childhood. It's a scrap of paper reading "All my belongings go to the person or animal that killed me". After Ben tells him that without an ''actual'' will all of his assets could go to the government, government (at the time he was not married and had no children and seemed to have no living relatives other than his elderly--if still badass--mother) Ron decides to get a real one.

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** [[spoiler: After her fellow prisoners plan to kill her, Lucille finds that the guards and prisoners have labelled her stuff in her cell.]]


* Facing losing the possibility of losing her trial and going to prison in the "[[Recap/ArrestedDevelopmentS4E10QueenB Queen B.]]" episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Lucille decides to take some keepsakes with her but finds that everything in her home has already been labelled by family.

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* Facing losing the possibility of losing her trial and going to prison in the "[[Recap/ArrestedDevelopmentS4E10QueenB Queen B.]]" episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Lucille decides to take some keepsakes with her but finds that everything in her home has already been labelled by family.


-->'''Lucille''': This does not bode well for tomorrow.

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-->'''Lucille''': This does not bode well for tomorrow.\\

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