Timeless probate humor

Came across this article out of The Onion.  For those who may not know, The Onion is news satire.  Yes, it’s tempting to believe those GOP Trying To Keep Elderly Voting Base Alive Until November or Gay Marine Beaten To Bloody Pulp To Fire Up RNC Crowd headlines.  Come to think of it, we know a lot of people who will suspect they’re really true after all.  Oh well, people will believe what they will.

Nevertheless, we thought this was clever.  It’s from 2005, but probate humor, like greed, is often timeless:

LOS ANGELES—According to details of Fear Factor creator John de Mol’s will released Monday, his heirs cannot collect their inheritance until they complete a battery of challenges. “I do bequeath my estate to my wife and children, henceforth ‘you,’ on the condition that you fully consume the ashes from my freshly cremated corpse,” the creator’s will read. “Should you be able to complete the task, you will receive $10 million and a Caribbean vacation. Fail, and you’ll be eliminated from my benefactors—unless you spend one hour locked in a coffin filled with maggots.” Comedian Joe Rogan will serve as the will’s executor.


Fear Factor Creator’s Will: ‘Heirs Must Eat My Ashes To Collect Inheritance’
May 11, 2005
The Onion

The Onion also delivered one of our other favorite probate humor pieces back in 2011.  Click here for that video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PeterEMandell Peter Mandell

    I love, love, love probate humor!!! Not much of it out there though.