There is nothing like the death of a moneyed member of the family

There is nothing like the death of a moneyed member of the family to show persons as they really are, virtuous or conniving, generous or grasping. Many a family has been torn apart by a botched-up will. Each case is a drama in human relationships — and the lawyer, as counselor, draftsman, or advocate, is an important figure in the dramatis personae. This is one reason the estates practitioner enjoys his work, and why we enjoy ours.

Attorneys Jesse Dukeminier and Stanley M. Johanson

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  1. I recently came across the work of Carlo Cipolla who wrote, “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity.” Purportedly in semi-jest, humour of an Italian kind.

    Law #1: Everyone underestimates the number of stupid people.
    Law #2: The probability that a person is stupid is independent of any other characteristics.
    Law #3: A stupid person causes losses to others without gains to themselves.
    Law #4: Non-stupid people underestimate the danger of the stupid.
    Law #5: Stupid people are the most dangerous people on the planet.

    The only adverse thing I can say is that we can all be stupid, because none of us knows everything, and some problems are more difficult than others. Besides which, we all make mistakes.

    TL;DR:
    I win, you win – Intelligent,; I win, you lose – Bandit
    I lose, you win – Helpless (Naive); I lose, you lose – Stupid

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