John left out of Elizabeth Edwards' will

From staff reportsJanuary 5, 2011 


Elizabeth Edwards smiles as she visits with fans who lined up to have their books signed on Saturday May 16, 2009 at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.


— Elizabeth Edwards, a political spouse whose battle against breast cancer and marital problems made her a public figure, made no mention of her estranged husband in her will.

In a last will and testament filed Dec. 22 in Orange County Superior Court, Elizabeth Edwards named Cate Edwards, a lawyer and her eldest child, executor of her estate.

Edwards announced in January a year ago that she had separated from husband John Edwards, a former U.S. senator, after 32 years of marriage. The two-time presidential candidate had an extramarital affair with a campaign videographer and fathered a daughter.

Elizabeth Edwards, who died Dec. 7, six days after she signed the will, left all her possession to her three children.

"All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles owned by me at the time of my death, I give and bequeath to my children," the will states.

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