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From TheJournal.ie Jeffrey Epstein signed a will two days before his suicide Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will two days before his suicide

Lawyers representing women who claim they were sexually abused by Epstein have vowed to go after his assets.

From TheJournal.ie 'It has a big impact on loved ones': Probate delays leave families waiting months to resolve inheritance Inheritance

'It has a big impact on loved ones': Probate delays leave families waiting months to resolve inheritance

TD Barry Cowen said this means families coping with funeral costs are left waiting for months before they can inherit the estate.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you have a will? Lunch Crunch This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you have a will?

Give it to us straight. Be honest.

From The42 Watch: Seamus Coleman makes young Everton fan's Christmas with special visit at end of tough year Christmas Spirit This post contains videos

Watch: Seamus Coleman makes young Everton fan's Christmas with special visit at end of tough year

Will McKenzie’s father passed away in April at the age of 52.

From TheJournal.ie Search to identify Prince's heirs as he died 'without a will' Intestate

Search to identify Prince's heirs as he died 'without a will'

Immediate decisions must be made about his business interests.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Are you worried about not having a will? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you worried about not having a will?

Dying intestate leaves the division of your estate in the hands of the law of the land.

From TheJournal.ie How Osama bin Laden wanted €27 million fortune to be doled out after his death Funding Jihad

How Osama bin Laden wanted €27 million fortune to be doled out after his death

Documents released by the US government show the al-Qaida leader left a will with instructions on how to divide up his funds.

From TheJournal.ie Organising a funeral: The unexpected challenges when a loved ones dies Last Rites

Organising a funeral: The unexpected challenges when a loved ones dies

It can seem like an overwhelming task – here it is step by step.

From TheJournal.ie A millionaire left his daughters $20 million - but they get bonuses if they get married and don't work Where There's A Will

A millionaire left his daughters $20 million - but they get bonuses if they get married and don't work

Marlena Laboz, 21 and her 17-year-old sister Victoria will get bonuses if they adhere to the rules set out in their father’s will.

From TheJournal.ie This woman has just been made to hand over €2 billion to her daughter Gina Rinehart

This woman has just been made to hand over €2 billion to her daughter

Gina Rinehart was ranked the 37th most powerful woman in the world this week by Forbes magazine.

From TheJournal.ie Hundreds of Irish people are due inheritances from relatives but don't know it I'll Take That

Hundreds of Irish people are due inheritances from relatives but don't know it

There are more than 500 unclaimed estates in the UK that were owned by people of Irish origin.

From TheJournal.ie How much money do you have to pay out to inherit a house? Serious Dollar

How much money do you have to pay out to inherit a house?

Some properties can be too expensive to inherit.

Couple to leave all their money to their pet monkey

They say they have raised the monkey ‘like a son’.

From TheJournal.ie US woman accused of digging up her father claims 'he would be okay with it' Gravediggers

US woman accused of digging up her father claims 'he would be okay with it'

She was in search of his “real will”… but only found a pack of cigarettes.

From TheJournal.ie What type of charity would you donate to in your will, if any? Final Wishes

What type of charity would you donate to in your will, if any?

Children’s charities are the most likely to receive money from people’s wills.

Analysis: Connacht's defence drives strong start to Pro12 season

We take a look at the mindset and understanding that helped the western province to beat Leinster.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn't fluent in Irish? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn't fluent in Irish?

Junior Minister Joe McHugh, from Donegal, has a special responsibility for Gaeltacht matters.

From TheJournal.ie Recluse leaves entire 'Nazi hoard' art collection to Swiss museum Plundered

Recluse leaves entire 'Nazi hoard' art collection to Swiss museum

The museum said it would now wrestle with the huge legal and historical burden accompanying the artworks.

From TheJournal.ie Mandela widow gives up her right to half his estate Nelson Mandela

Mandela widow gives up her right to half his estate

She does, however, get four properties, cars, artwork and jewellery in lieu.

From TheJournal.ie Families of women claiming to be Mandela's daughters not seeking inheritance Paternity

Families of women claiming to be Mandela's daughters not seeking inheritance

The two women were reportedly born during Mandela’s stormy marriage to Mase, with whom he had four children.

From TheJournal.ie US man who wore threadbare clothes leaves secret fortune to charity Give It Away

US man who wore threadbare clothes leaves secret fortune to charity

Jack MacDonald, who left $188 million to three institutions after his death at the age of 98, was known for cutting out money-off vouchers and wearing jumpers with holes in them.

Moss, Angel Delight and sleeveless jumpers...The Great Irish Bake Off semi-final

Baking hell! There’s only four of them left!

From TheJournal.ie Do you have a will? You're in the minority if you do Necessary Arrangements

Do you have a will? You're in the minority if you do

Research from from charity group MyLegacy show that only 34 per cent of Irish people have made legal arrangements for when they die.

From TheJournal.ie Over €4 million left to Trócaire in wills last year Charity

Over €4 million left to Trócaire in wills last year

Overall the charity’s income was down 10 per cent as it said it continues to be impacted by the difficult economic climate.

From TheJournal.ie James Gandolfini leaves bulk of $70 million to son and baby daughter Bada Bling

James Gandolfini leaves bulk of $70 million to son and baby daughter

Thirteen-year-old Michael and eight-month-old Liliana will have Sopranos star’s money held in trust.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Would you leave money to a charity in your will? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you leave money to a charity in your will?

A Dublin woman left €500k to an animal welfare charity in her will, which will be split between two Limerick charities. Will you be leaving money to charity in your will?

Hospital treating pregnant Kate falls for prank call from queen

The nurse gave an Australian radio station details of Kate’s condition when they posed as the 86-year-old monarch.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Have you written a will? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you written a will?

Research shows just 34 percent of adults in Ireland have a will. So we ask: Have you made a will?

Mother of Michael Jackson 'missing but safe'

Katherine Jackson’s granddaughter Paris tweeted to say she was missing after some of her children wrote a letter alleging Michael Jackson’s will was a fake.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Wednesday Daily Fix This post contains images

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In today’s fix: Postcodes may be on the way, Ireland’s broadband is up to speed, fun in the sun, and the beach comes to Dublin Castle…

Family feud taints Zsa Zsa's final years

As Zsa Zsa Gabor lies ill in bed, her daughter and husband feud over everything from her will to how often they see her.

Tony Curtis left his children nothing in will

An attempt to contest the will failed after legendary actor chose not to make provisions for his children.

THE SIZE of the fortunes left behind by some of Ireland’s most famous sons have been published by an online genealogy website.

Ancestry.co.uk has published the details of millions of wills, including Irish legends Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, William Butler Yeats and Ernest Shackleton.

The records made available also include those of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

We’ve gone through some the best-known names to give you the details:

Oscar Wilde

Dublin man Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde – better known as Oscar Wilde – remains one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Wilde was also extremely popular during his own lifetime and was paid handsomely for his works, which included The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

But, despite this, he died in diminished circumstances.

Wilde died in November 1900, and while it would be wrong to say that he died “penniless”, he left an estate worth just £250 (€28,000 today ) which, considering his earlier wealth, was a very modest sum. His estate, which he left to his son Vyvyan Beresford Holland, took twenty years to settle.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats, a poet, dramatist and Nobel Prize winner,was born Co Dublin and was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. He famously penned The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

Yeats left an estate valued at £4,498 14s 2d (worth €267,000 today) to his widow Bertha Georgie Yeats. He died in January 1939,

Charles Stewart Parnell

Wicklow man Charles Stewart Parnell championed the cause of Home Rule for Ireland, was elected as the MP for Co Meath, and entered the House of Commons in London in 1875.

He fell from grace after the details of his seven-year affair with married woman, Kitty O’Shea, were revealed. The pair later married.

In 1891 Parnell – known as the “uncrowned king of Ireland” – left a total of £11,774 7s 3d, which would be the equivalent of €1.3m in today, to his wife, Kitty.
Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shackleton, born in Kilkea in Co Kildare, was a polar explorer and one of the principle figures involved in what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. He died during his last expedition in 1922.
Shackleton left an estate of £556 2s 2d (the equivalent of around €24,000 today) to his widow, Emily Mary Shackleton.
Bram Stoker

Clontarf-born “Dracula” author Bram Stoker left an estate worth £5,269 12s 7d (€553,000 in today’s values) to his widow, Florence Ann Lemon Stoker after his death in 1012.

Other famous names

  • Author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, left the equivalent of €3.6 million by today’s standards
  • Writer Charles Dickens left the equivalent of €8.5 million
  • British naturalist Charles Darwin left behind a whopping estate worth €15 million
  • Socialist Karl Marx left a much more modest sum, the equivalent of €27,000, to his youngest daughter Eleanor

Ancestry.co.uk allows registered users a two-week free trial. After that, there is a subscription service, or pay as you go, at a cost of £6.95 for access to 12 documents.