An Alabama probate judge has sealed the will of author Harper Lee from public view.
Court records available Monday showed Monroe County Probate Judge Greg Norris signed the order a week ago. Lawyers for Lee’s personal representative and attorney, Tonja Carter, asked Norris to seal the will the same day.
The request from Carter cited the writer’s longtime desire for privacy. The motion says Lee wouldn’t want her private financial affairs to be a matter of public discussion.
Carter’s attorney wrote that the “To Kill a Mockingbird” author left a literary legacy for the public, but it’s not anyone’s business to know what she left for her beneficiaries.
The request says Lee’s relatives agreed with the request for privacy.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.