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Washington Law Review

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In Re Whittier's Estate

Abstract

It is related of Daniel Webster that while engaged in argument before the Supreme Court of the United States he was interrupted by the Chief Justice with the comment: "That, Mr. Webster, is not the law." And Daniel Webster replied, in the grand tradition of advocacy which seems to have passed from among us: "It was, sir, until your honor spoke." That observation seems particularly apropos to In re Whittier's Estate, which represents either a startling innovation in the normally placid field of Wills, or an unhappy contretemps from which one turns with embarrassment and the hope that everyone concerned will do better next time. It is the thesis of this comment that it is the latter, though that hope is somewhat dashed by the failure of the court to take advantage of a petition for rehearing to make amends.

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