In The Case Of The Estate Of Saueressig

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Facts and Opinions on the Estate of Saueressig v. Goff. Proc 5810-29 ABSTRACT: This paper briefs the facts on the popular case The Estate of Saueressig v. Goff. It will study the Probate court’s decision along with both the Appellate and Supreme court’s decision and why they came to their conclusions. It will also express the author’s opinion of the case and point out many contradictory opinions within the law system and even among some of California Supreme Court Justices. The purpose of this paper is to induce thought of the legal system. It is also meant to help one reflect on themselves and be guided by their own moral compass. Many beneficiaries have been unfortunate enough to discover that a testator’s steps have failed to comply with the law. In certain situations, failure can sometimes carry a heavy price. A good example of this is the case of the Estate of Saueressig v. Goff. This is a case where the will of Timothy Saueressig was thrown out because of a small technicality, having the signature of one witnesses instead of two before the death of the testator. In this situation, there were two witnesses present when the testator signed the will; however, only one of the witnesses signed the will before the death of the testator. However, the one witness who did sign the will before the death of Mr. Saueressig happen to be a notary. The failure to follow a small rule carried a heavy price and the testators will was thrown out by the courts because of a small and easily preventable error on the part of Mr. Saueressig. As mentioned above in the case of the Estate of Saueressig v. Goff the issue came up over the validity of a witness after the testator had died. Below are some details of the case: On December 26, 2000, Timothy Kirk Saueressig rewrote his will. Saueressig retyped his will, leaving his estate to his friends; Scott Smith,
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