Long as we're trading funny law stories (this one is true):
One of our attorneys was in court on a probate matter.
Wealthy old guy marries some young chick, then he dies and
all of the sudden a will turns up leaving the whole estate to
her. His kids (who are older than the widow) challenge the
will; we represent the kids.
When you challenge a will in court you first go through the
formality of verifying the witnesses. Strictly routine, ask
them a couple of questions and move along to the meat of the
case. First witness to the will was the hispanic gardener:
Q: So you saw "Mr. Smith" sign the will?
A: No, sir.
Q: Oh.... O.K., well can you read for us the first paragraph on page 1 there?
A: No, sir, I don't read English very well.
Q: [puzzled]: Well, if you didn't see him sign it and you
can't read it, why did you sign it as a witness?
A: [points at widow] She brought it to me and said if I
didn't sign it she'd have me deported.
Our attorney, a bit stunned by this, looks at the judge. The
judge, fighting back a wry smile, nods knowingly, picks up
his gavel and says "I think we're done here. The will is
invalidated, plaintiff's motion is granted. [GAVEL BANGS]"
Easiest litigation win we've ever had.
March 2, 2001 by Anonymous Law Firm Employee
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