Re: Items in a Series and Comma Use
One example I've seen for mandating the use:
"My estate is to be split equally between Tom, Dick and Harry." In this
instance Tom gets 50% and Dick and Harry get 50% to argue over. If it was
presented as: "My estate is to be split equally between Tom, Dick, and
Harry." each would receive a third of the estate.
The problem is the use of the word _between_ in that non-sentence.
Any of the following would be correct:
My estate is to be split equally among Tom, Dick and Harry. [one-third to each]
My estate is to be split equally among Tom, Dick, and Harry. [one-third to each]
My estate is to be split equally between the first party, Tom, and the second party, Dick and Harry. [half to Tom, half to be split by Dick and Harry]
If a will is drafted ambiguously, then a judge will decide, not necessarily in accordance with the wishes of the person who wrote the will.
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RE: Items in a Series and Comma Use: From: Karen L. Zorn
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