Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys certainly had a number of unusual things in his Will that have recently come to light. They illustrate how you too can be creative in your Will to make sure that your unique goals are met.
First, Yauch had intellectual property that he did not allow to be used for advertising purposes while he was alive. Thus, he included in his Will that his music and other artistic property could not be used for advertising. At the same time he directed that his name and image cannot be used in advertising.
Yauch also had a young daughter and wife. Apparently, Yauch and his wife could not agree on who should be their daughter’s guardian. The Will states that if Yauch passes away in an even-numbered year, that his parents should serve as guardians with her parents as back-ups. If Yauch died in an odd-numbered year, the roles would be reversed. For the record, he died in an even-numbered year. However, since his wife survived him, neither set of grandparents will serve as guardian at the present time.
If you have unique things that you want in your estate plan, make sure that you ask your estate planning attorney how to include them.