Epstein’s Last Will and Testament

17 Dec
Legal Q&ACategory: Estate Planning - Wills & TrustsEpstein’s Last Will and Testament
Veronica S. Borge asked 2 months ago

Whether Jeffrey Epstein’s Last Will and Testament was witnessed and notarized in jail, two days before his death … and how he did it?

1 Answers
Dave Alden answered 2 months ago

Hi Veronica,
You’re referring to Jeffrey Epstein who died while in custody at the Metropolitan Corrections Center in New York.
As reported in the Washington Examiner on August 19, 2019:

The two witnesses of the signing of Epstein’s will were Gulnora Tali and Mariel Colón Miró, two New York-based defense attorneys. Colón Miró was formerly one of the lawyers for the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo.”

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will two days before prison suicide

Given his wealth, measured in the court probate petition as $577 million, direction was necessary. The estate reportedly includes $56 million in cash, $112 million in equities, $200 million in hedge funds and private equity, and $18.5 million in “aviation assets, automobiles, and boats.”
The last will and testament is a “pour over” will which bequeaths the estate to a trust named “The 1953 Trust.” In that trust, which is not public, the specific beneficiaries are listed. The filing is in the probate court in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the last will states that Epstein was a resident.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Jail Bed Will

The reference to “and notarized” is a bit of a red herring, as wills are generally witnessed but not notarized.
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