Bil Browning

Ouch: John Edwards out of Elizabeth's will

Filed By Bil Browning | January 06, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: Elizabeth Edwards, John Edwards, last will and testament, National Enquirer

Elizabeth Edwards' will was published online yesterday and it had one shocking revelation. Edwards' husband, former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, doesn't get a dime. The couple separated last year after it was revealed in the National Enquirer that elizabeth-edwards.jpgJohn had fathered a baby with another woman.

Elizabeth Edwards signed the document, obtained by the TV show "Inside Edition," on Dec. 1, just six days before she died after a long battle with breast cancer.

The couple's older daughter, Catherine, 28, was named as executor. Elizabeth Edwards left all of her belongings to Catherine and her other two children, Emma Claire and Jack.

"All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles owned by me at the time of my death I give and bequeath to my children," the will says. Read the full will here (PDF).

I can't say that I blame her. Can you?

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Actually, under N.C. Gen. Statutes ยง 30?3.1, he is entitled to elect against her will and take 1/3 of her estate. One hopes he still has enough decency left not to rob his children and loot his dead wife's estate, but you never know...

I think he is not starving.

Angela Brightfeather | January 7, 2011 2:38 PM

Living here in NC, I find this a sad and exasperating thing, that continues to set an example that certain acts justify prolonged hate of another human being.

I thought that Elizabeth Edwards was an outstanding person who reached the top of her game, by insuring her own liberating attitude for many years while balancing her ability to put aside fear and loss and continuing on for the good of those around her. I feel that her last act of depriving the person that she shared so many achievements with over the years, of some meaningful momentoes of their lives together, a lifting of the curtain on a darker side of her personality. As we get older, we begin to understand more fully that "sex is not everything" and mistakes can be made in that area the same as they can be made in business...they just are not as personal.

After hearing this news about her intentions, I feel less likely to think of her memory in kinder terms and feel that towards the end, no one should pass on with such thoughts and feelings in their heart. Forgiveness of past discretions, should always be one of the last thoughts of anyone passing on to a life changing situation.