Ken Thompson was the Brooklyn District Attorney who died of cancer in October. Two weeks prior to his death, he allegedly changed his will to omit any bequest to his mother and instead left his estate in trust for his wife and 2 young children.
His mother is contesting the will alleging that he did not know what he was doing due to his illness. As support for her theory, she argues that Thompson was unhappy with his marriage because of the amount of money his wife was spending.
Three quick points:
1. It is anything but unusual for a man with young children to leave his entire estate to his wife and children. Providing for a mother is what would be unusual.
2. The creation of trusts to assist his wife with financial management of the inheritance shows mental clarity not lack of mental capacity.
3. If Thompson was unhappy with his wife’s spending, he is in the majority of husbands.