This sample Will is the actual Will of former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Warren Burger. It is reproduced below.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF WARREN E. BURGER I hereby make and declare the following to be my last will and testament.1. My executors will first pay all claims against my estate;2. The remainder of my estate will be distributed as follows: one- third to my daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Burger Rose and two- thirds to my son, Wade A. Burger;3. I designate and appoint as executors of this will, Wade A. Burger and J. Michael Luttig.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand to this my Last Will and Testament this 9th day of June, 1994.
/s/Warren E. Burger
We hereby certify that in our presence on the date written above WARREN E. BURGER signed the foregoing instrument and declared it to be his Last Will and Testament and that at this request in his presence and in the presence of each other we have signed our names below as witnesses.
/s/Nathaniel E. Brady residing at 120 F St., NW, Washington, DC
/s/Alice M. Khu residing at 3041 Meeting St., Falls Church, VA
My thoughts about this Will:
This Will is short. Way too short in my opinion. It left many important items out. Warren Burger failed to make provisions for estate taxes. He also did not specify a grant of powers for his executors to give them certain powers for his executors. This mistake alone cost his estate thousands in fees.
Sidenote. This Will to a certain extent shows that just because you are in the legal profession, does not mean you know how to write a proper Will. Off course some might question who is to determine what is proper or not. That’s true. I’ve reproduced the Will here for your information only.
This sample Will is not one you’d want to based your Will on.