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Elizabeth Edwards leaves John Edwards out of her will
POLITICO ^ | 1/5/11 6:03 PM EST | Jennifer Epstein

Posted on 01/06/2011 7:15:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Elizabeth Edwards left everything to her children and made not a single mention of her philandering husband John in the will she signed just days before her death.

Edwards lost her six-year battle with breast cancer on Dec. 7 and, in a last will and testament dated Dec. 1, made clear that her three children - and, by omission, not John Edwards - were to be the beneficiaries of her estate.

The former vice presidential candidate and North Carolina senator’s name appears nowhere in the will.

“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,” Edwards said in a copy of the document.

Edwards also stipulated that if she was the only surviving parent of her minor children Emma Claire and Jack at her time of death, she wanted 28-year-old Cate to be their guardian.

Elizabeth and John Edwards separated in early 2010 after he admitted to fathering a child in an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter.

Though some reports suggested that the two became closer during Elizabeth Edwards’ final days, John was noticeably silent at Edwards’ funeral.


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: elizabethedwards; johnedwards; silkypony; will

1 posted on 01/06/2011 7:15:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

John Edwards has problems.
He may go to prison for using campaign funds to pay off and hide his whore.
Be fun to maybe have one of his prison buds scalp him.
Pretty, I’m so pretty.


2 posted on 01/06/2011 7:18:29 AM PST by Joe Boucher
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d read elsewhere that eldest daughter Cate will barely speak to her father, and when she does, the language is ‘colorful’. So I don’t think she’s going to be very cooperative with him... especially if he somehow decides to run for an office again.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 7:22:28 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: SeekAndFind

THAT’S going to leave a mark!


4 posted on 01/06/2011 7:31:12 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who in their right mind would have expected Elizabeth Edwards to leave her slimeball husband anything??? No story here, IMO.


5 posted on 01/06/2011 7:32:13 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind

Karma, John, karma..... =.=


6 posted on 01/06/2011 7:32:44 AM PST by cranked
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To: SeekAndFind

Her wealth is largely from her husband’s ambulance chasing and leftist pandering. His channeling of dead babies for juries went beyond slime.

No one deserves to die of cancer but I refuse to look at her as anything more than a willing participant in her husband’s less than moral life. That he turned around and cheated on her should have come as no shock to her.


7 posted on 01/06/2011 7:35:54 AM PST by misterrob (Thug Life....now showing at a White House near you....)
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To: Joe Boucher

Anyone wonder how many other politicians in DC and elsewhere are doing the same thing? Power makes these slimes think they’re God’s gift to the world. IMO, the majority of them think they can get by with anything including bilking the American people out of billions with their lying and thieving.


8 posted on 01/06/2011 7:36:00 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I was frankly shocked to hear that she just took him out of the will weeks before her death! I would have thought that would have been the first thing she did, after she found out about his girlfriend.


9 posted on 01/06/2011 7:43:03 AM PST by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: tuckrdout

Probably not his first girlfriend.


10 posted on 01/06/2011 7:44:05 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: tuckrdout

How can you take your husband out of the will, they never divorced. Sounds like it was more of a symbolic gesture than anything.


11 posted on 01/06/2011 7:44:07 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
Edwards also stipulated that if she was the only surviving parent of her minor children Emma Claire and Jack at her time of death, she wanted 28-year-old Cate to be their guardian.

Bad reporting, poor editing, or bad will writing? "She was the only surviving parent?" Did the silky pony have a sex change operation? Were the children not his? Or does the author assume that we're up on the family context here?

And no mention of Johnny in the will? IANL but implied slights by omission sure don't sound like the stuff that stands up to a challenge. Seems to me that if Elizabeth wanted to breach parental and spousal rights - albeit deserved - she needed to be explicit and on the record in a legally binding document.

Was she that poor of a lawyer or do we not have the full story?

12 posted on 01/06/2011 7:46:41 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think the Silky Pony is going to be dumpster diving anytime soon over Liz’s will.


13 posted on 01/06/2011 7:49:40 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

That is just the will which in 2010 allowed her to give away 5+ million without taxation.
I’m sure there are some trusts and foundations out there to transfer the rest of her estate.

She must have been worth 70 million or so based on the massive fortune the Edwards had.


14 posted on 01/06/2011 7:52:21 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny thing: in New York State, John Edwards would be entitled to half of everything, regardless of what the will said. Married people cannot write their spouse out of their wills (unless that law has been changed in the past 10 years or so).


15 posted on 01/06/2011 7:53:34 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So Politico is a gossip column now?

This is basic estate planning and only affects property that is SOLELY hers. Sometimes you want things to go to specific beneficiaries, like kids, and skip someone who is either 1) well off, or 2) subject to collection by creditors.

Is John Edwards either 1 or 2 above? Who knows? Maybe they agreed that was best. It’s their decision for their reasons and to impute anything else into it is just plain sick.

Shame on the author and the poster of this gossip column.

Damn, never thought I’d be defending the Edwards. That’s how low I think these colums are.


16 posted on 01/06/2011 7:58:51 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: NonValueAdded
This story makes for sensational headlines, but sounds wholly made up. North Carolina law allows a surviving spouse to claim a spousal share regardless of what the will may have provided and, as an attorney, Elizabeth Edwards certainly knew this.

There was a perfectly obvious reason for Mrs. Edwards to have bequeathed her estate directly to her children and it would have met with her husband's complete co-operation.

17 posted on 01/06/2011 7:59:10 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Tanniker Smith

Since there are children, as I recall, New York law would entitle him to 1/3. No children, 1/2.


18 posted on 01/06/2011 8:00:34 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: SeekAndFind

The real scandal is not John Edwards, the scandal is that the media knew and covered it all up when they thought he was their number one commie for president.


19 posted on 01/06/2011 8:00:51 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: NonValueAdded

We don’t have the full story. But never let that stop a stupid gossip columnist from writing gossip, or unthinking FReepers from posting it.

But to clarify one thing: She (Mrs. Edwards) was alive when she wrote the will, and COULD have outlived John (people get hit by cars). In that case, SOMEONE needs to be named a guardian. So the clause is probably correct.


20 posted on 01/06/2011 8:01:54 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Mr. Lucky
This story makes for sensational headlines, but sounds wholly made up.

Agreed. And even if the facts are accurate, the gossip columnists conclusions are likely way off. There are perfectly valid reasons to omit a certain heir, and Mr. Edwards may well have agreed to this draft, and have been perfectly willing NOT to exercise his spousal election at probate.

Again, I can't believe I'm defending this family, but here I am.

21 posted on 01/06/2011 8:04:18 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: SeekAndFind

This is only the beginning, Breck Girl... only the beginning.


22 posted on 01/06/2011 8:04:28 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Joe Boucher
He may go to prison for using campaign funds to pay off and hide his whore. Be fun to maybe have one of his prison buds scalp him. Pretty, I’m so pretty.


23 posted on 01/06/2011 8:06:58 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Being left out of Liz's will is going to be the last thing on the Breck Girl's mind when he meets his new husband.


24 posted on 01/06/2011 8:20:31 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Mr. & Mrs. Edwards were filthy rich. Mrs. Edwards died in a year when there was no federal estate tax; Mr. Edwards will die in a year with a marginal estate tax in the 35% - 55% range. Mrs. Edwards’ estate plan would has saved the children maybe $15 - $20 Million in federal estate taxes when compared to leaving everything to John.


25 posted on 01/06/2011 8:22:34 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: dfwgator

You are not required, that I am aware of, to include a spouse in your will/final wishes.


26 posted on 01/06/2011 8:41:19 AM PST by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Who in their right mind would have expected Elizabeth Edwards to leave her slimeball husband anything??? No story here, IMO.

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I have to agree. They were ‘estranged’ not yet divorced, but really, who among us would leave jack to the guy who cheated, fathered, and denied the paternity of his love child?

I think we can all agree that Edwards is a slime ball who has reaped what he sowed.


27 posted on 01/06/2011 11:28:01 AM PST by dmz
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To: Mr. Lucky

I think you nailed it, it was done with taxes in mind, John probably approved it.


28 posted on 01/06/2011 11:31:15 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mr. Lucky

Your probably the most accurate. The edwards were probably very well prepared for the taxman. With that kind of wealth, you can get really hammered.
Elizabeth should have left John a coupon for Wendy’s.


29 posted on 01/06/2011 11:32:24 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: dfwgator

Are you suggesting, that because they were still legally married, that he can’t be cut out of the will? That he must get - something?


30 posted on 01/06/2011 11:36:47 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

After reading #25, I now understand better the motivation for the will.


31 posted on 01/06/2011 11:39:54 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: PzLdr

Thank you for the correction. Noted.


32 posted on 01/06/2011 11:49:21 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: ScottinVA
You couldn't find a scarier looking inmate than that guy?

What is that? The jail on Martha's Vineyard?

33 posted on 01/06/2011 12:24:50 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor
You couldn't find a scarier looking inmate than that guy?

I know... it was the only pic of that type I could grab while here at work. The others are on "forbidden" sites.

34 posted on 01/06/2011 12:26:25 PM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: misterrob
Her wealth is largely from her husband’s ambulance chasing and leftist pandering.\

My thoughts exactly.

35 posted on 01/06/2011 12:27:16 PM PST by riri
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To: dead

dead,
I enjoyed your about page.
No fat chicks eith cancer at the end was very good.
I also liked Aunt Ester as the every present shelf ass first lady.
Good job


36 posted on 01/06/2011 1:09:56 PM PST by Joe Boucher
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Oh, you know it. But, she didn’t.


37 posted on 01/06/2011 4:01:41 PM PST by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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