Many people have secrets that they would rather not tell their families about. Instead, they reveal these secrets in their estate plans. Many other people keep the details of their estate a secret and equally surprise their families. Both of these things can lead to problems for the family. This is even more true, if the deceased does both. Recently deceased Nigerian leader, Dim Emeka Odumego-Ojukwu, did both and the results look to be disastrous.
Ojukwu’s Will was recently read aloud. It might not surprise most people that he left the overwhelming majority of his estate to his wife. She certainly seems like a responsible person. She’s the Nigerian ambassador to Spain. However, Ojukwo’s sons were taken by surprise, especially the eldest who was not mentioned in the Will at all. Another son claims the Will is fake and he also claims that he has the real Will. Surprising everyone in the family was that Ojukwu had another son that no one in the family knew about.
All of this has led to family members considering litigation against each other. You can reveal surprises in your estate plan if that is your wish. However, if you have to do so, it is a good idea to also leave some sort of explanation for them. That will at least decrease the likelihood of family squabbles.
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