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Will; Christopher Rush, Beautiful Books Limited, 2007, £15, ISBN 1905636148

In his review of the book Will, the role of the lawyer as a good listener is as valuable as his role as a good storyteller, says Steven Heller

21 September 2007

Shakespeare is dying, but he still has one good story left in him – that of his own life; but it is only through the unlikeliest of muses, his estate lawyer, that the story can be told.

Will, by Christopher Rush, may at first glance appear to be a historical novel about the life of William Shakespeare, but to the private client practitioner, it is a suspense thriller – a familiar scenario in which the path to drafting the client’s will leads through a recollection of his life’s story. What will can fit the bill? Aye, there’s the rub.

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Every time I see a reference to Shakespeare and lawyers I flinch. But Will is not about the “first thing we do” it is about the last – the last will and testament, that is, and for that assignment, William Shakespeare turns to his lawyer (and, as it turns out, his friend), Francis Collins.

We all know a Francis Collins. We may even be one. A good private client lawye...

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