Listen to becoming an executor after death.
This week on Hull on Estates, Ian Hull and Suzana Popovic-Montag, discuss becoming an executor after death and three issues that must be addressed immediately.
The meaning of life is that it stops. — Franz Kafka
If you are familiar with Kafka and his short literary works, you will know that he was a tortured literary genius who was unsure of his own talent to the point of torment. In 1924, dying of tuberculosis, Kafka wrote to his friend of 20 years and fellow novelist, Max Brod. Kafka had made a list of his three novels and a number of stories and gave strict instructions to Brod to destroy all his manuscripts ‘unread and in their entirety’ and to ensure that already published works would never be re-printed. These instructions were not contained with a formal last will and testament, rather they were a penciled note found in a drawer after his death.
Kafka’s lover, Dora Diamont, partially executed his wishes by stashing away letters and notebooks until they were seized by the Gestapo in 1933. Sidebar: These papers are the subject of an ongoing international search. Brod, however, ignored his friend’s wishes and instead oversaw the publication of the works in his possession. Brod’s defence was that if Kafka had really wanted the works destroyed, he would have appointed another, more ruthless executor. Kafka, had, according to Brod, trusted Brod to not burn his writings.
Interesting question, perhaps not in the legal sense, but in a moral and ethical sense: Is it possible that Kafka undermined his own intentions by the very nature of the relationship he had with his executor?
Listen to Preparing for Trials in the Context of Contested Passing of Accounts
In this podcast, Craig Vander Zee and Paul Trudelle discuss trial preparation considerations in the context of a contested passing of accounts.