‘Using an Interesting Conversation to Teach Testamentary Capacity’

Stephen R Alton, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll’s Will: A Tale of Testamentary Capacity, 52 Tulsa Law Review 263 (2017). The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a popular novella that was published by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886. In the novella, Gabriel Utterson, a lawyer, investigates strange events involving Dr Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Dr Jekyll is a respected man and Mr Hyde is suspected of killing several people. Mr Utterson becomes upset when Dr Jekyll produces a holographic will that leaves the bulk of his estate to Mr Hyde. He believes that Dr Jekyll’s actions are a result of blackmail on the part of Mr Hyde. After Dr Jekyll commits suicide, Mr Utterson finds a letter in which Dr Jekyll confesses that he used a potion to transform himself into Mr Hyde. Because he is unable to prevent himself from turning into Mr Hyde Dr Jekyll kills himself. In his entertaining and well-written article, Professor Alton presents an imagined conversation that he has with Mr Utterson … (more)

[Browne Lewis, JOTWELL, 16 February]

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