December 31, 2020. Professor Weisbord’s research is cited by a state Supreme Court, in the case, In re Estate of Shaffer, 2020 WL 7866253 (Ohio 2020). The case concerns the validity of a handwritten will that was not signed by attesting witnesses. The opinion quotes the following excerpt from an article co-authored with David Horton (UC-Davis):
“The ultimate goal of will-formality requirements is to protect the testator’s intent given that ‘the succession process suffers from what is known as the ‘worst evidence’ problem: decedents cannot speak up to correct the record, clarify their wishes, or protect their interests.’ Weisbord and Horton, Inheritance Forgery, 69 Duke L.J. 855, 861 (2020).”
Opinion available here.