Harper Lee’s Will Recently Unsealed Following Suit Filed By The NY Times

On February 27, 2018, an Alabama court unsealed Harper Lee’s Will on the basis of a lawsuit filed by The New York Times seeking to review the document. The Times argued that wills filed in a probate court in Alabama are typically public records, and that Ms. Lee’s privacy concerns were no different from those of others whose wills are processed through the court system. Ms. Lee never married or had children, and the court papers identified her heirs and closest living relatives as a niece and three nephews, who are expected to receive an undisclosed portion of the estate through the trust.

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