The case was the result of a dispute over the testator's intent when he drafted his estate plan. The facts are as follows: J. Howard Marshall II and Vickie Lynn Marshall married on June 27, 1994. However, J. Howard Marshall II died on August 4, 1995, at the age of ninety. At the time of his death, J. Howard Marshall II did not devise any real or personal property to his wife in his will. Further J. Howard Marshall did not provide for his wife with income or principal of the Living Trust ever made in her favor. Had J. Howard Marshall included his wife in his estate plan, there may have been a will contest, based on his age and a capacity issue. However, his wife would have had documentation which showed he intended that she receive his real and personal property upon his death.
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