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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2)Sycamore Row by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has a tie in to another Grisham book, A Time To Kill. Many characters are the same in each novel. The "young" lawyer who was the hero in the first novel is back to be a hero in this novel. The story in this book is about a man, Seth Hubbard, who commits suicide, but before doing so he writes a handwritten will cutting out his family and leaving 90% to his housekeeper of two years. Of course, he had had another will drawn up by a prestigious law firm that had his family getting most of his money. The estate is valued at over 20 million dollars. This majority of the book is the battle to prove the hand written will is valid. The jury is burdened with answering the following five questions:

Did Seth Hubbard execute a valid holographic will on October 1, 1988?
Did Seth Hubbard understand and appreciate the nature and effect of what he was doing when he executed his holographic will?
Did Seth Hubbard understand and appreciate who the beneficiaries are to whom he had given gifts in his holographic will?
Did Seth Hubbard understand and appreciate the nature and amount of his property and how he wanted to dispose of it?
Was Seth Hubbard unduly influenced by Lettie Land (the house keeper) or anyone else when he executed his holographic will on October 1, 1988?

If you enjoy lawyer/law novels then you will definitely enjoy this book. By the way you need not read A Time To Killin order to enjoy this book, even though it might add to your enjoyment.


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