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Assignment 4 Wills, Trusts & Estates

In a stunning turns of events, Batman gave up crime fighting to start mass producing Batmobiles for GM in Michigan. Batman did this for many years. This was a disappointment to crime fighters everywhere. Batman, 70 years old, Married Catwoman, 35 years old, & they lived happily for many years. But when he was 77 years old Batman’s mind started to slip, often finding himself unaware of his surroundings. A few weeks after the onset of these symptoms, His wife, Catwoman, took him to an attorney’s office. During a meeting with Riddler the lawyer, Catwoman convinced Batman to re-do his will. Under his old will, all of Batman’s money was to go to local crime fighting organizations. Catwoman convinced Batman to change his will to give all his money and property to Catwoman. At first, Batman was reluctant to change his will, but Catwoman pressed & pressed. At one point, she threatened to leave him unless he changed his will. She also told Batman that he had promised to change his will to include her. Although Batman had no recollection of saying that, he figured that it was just his faulty memory and he believed what Catwoman told him. In fact Catwoman was lying & Batman had never made such promise. Nevertheless, Batman caved and changed his will to suit Catwoman’s wishes. 2 years later, Batman died of a heart attack brought on by too much stress when he was younger. Catwoman moved for the will to be admitted to probate. The organizations beneficiaries of Batman first will appeared in the court to argue that the second will should be invalidated because Catwoman exerted undue & unfair influence over Batman in the process of the re-doing of Batman’s will. Under Michigan law anytime a will is made by someone who is of weakened mind & a will is made to meet the wishes of another it is considered undue & unfair influence. What this means to our case is that due to Catwoman’s contued pressing Batman to change his will to fit her wishes...
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