Feb 28, 2018
By Michael Kramer
The will of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has been made public – following a lawsuit by The New York Times – but details on her estate remain secret.
The Times reports the will which was unsealed Tuesday shows most of Lee’s assets were transferred into a trust – days before her death two years ago in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
But the contents of her estate remain private because trust documents are private.
A probate court sealed the will of the famously private writer following her death – and the newspaper filed suit in 2016 to have the document made public. The suit argued that Lee’s desire for privacy wasn’t sufficient legal reason – to keep her will hidden from public view.
Records show the estate recently dropped its opposition to unsealing the will.
The move came as Emory University in Atlanta said separately it had acquired a collection of personal correspondence and memorabilia of Lee – who won the Pulitzer Prize for Mockingbird in 1961.