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When Wills are Not Finalized, Final Wishes Do Not Always Get Carried Out

According to a homeless man in New York City, the executor of his long-standing friend and host is refusing to give him his rightful inheritance of $100,000. The three year battle is not yet over.

Raphael Lebron lived with his friend Winfield Huppuch, a publishing executive, for twelve years. When Huppuch died, Lebron was locked out of the apartment. Huppuch's brother, the executor of the estate, refused to let Lebron in, even to collect his belongings.

Lebron unsuccessfully sued to be allowed back in the apartment and became homeless. Now, a new dispute over the estate between Lebron and the executor has made its way to court.

Huppuch's will left Lebron an inheritance of $100,000, money which Lebron says he needs to find a new home. However, in the three years since Huppuch passed away, the executor has refused to give the money to Lebron.

The executor's attorney claims that Huppuch had second thoughts about his will and shortly before his death, went to the attorney and asked for a new will to be drafted. To provide guidance, Huppuch marked up his then current will with the changes that he wanted to make.

One of the changes was removing the bequest to Lebron. But before the new will could be drafted and executed, Huppuch passed away.

DNAinfo reported this story in "Homeless Man Says He's Been Waiting Three Years to Get $100,000 Inheritance."

This is one of those cases that presents courts with problems. Even though it might be clear that Huppuch intended to not leave anything to Lebron, ordinarily the will that was in effect when a person passes away is the ultimate say about who gets what. Consequently, the will legally in play would leave an inheritance for Lebron.

While exceptions can be made, it is not yet clear whether that is appropriate in this case.

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