Family releases Paterno's will


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The family of famed Penn State football coach Joe Paterno made his will public Thursday, in which he leaves his personal property to his wife, Sue, and creates a trust for everything else.

Mr. Paterno's will, filed in 1997, does not offer an estimated value of his estate. Mr. Paterno died in January at age 85 of complications from lung cancer.

The seven-page document names Mrs. Paterno as the will's personal representative. An amendment filed in 2010 says that if she cannot perform those duties and no successor has been appointed, then the role passes to his daughter Mary Kay Hort, and if she is unable to serve, then to his daughter Diana Lynne Paterno-Giegerich.

A statement released on behalf of the family said they initially filed a motion, approved by the court, to seal contents of the will at the suggestion of the attorney managing the estate.

"The request was entirely appropriate and totally consistent with the actions of other prominent individuals," the statement said. "The only objective was to preserve a measure of privacy for Sue Paterno, their 5 children, 17 grandchildren and other family members.

"In an effort to ensure maximum transparency and eliminate unfounded speculation, the family has decided to make the will publicly available. The family will petition the Court to release the seal on all future filings," the statement said.

Last month, the family said Mr. Paterno's state pension was worth $13.4 million.

Mr. Paterno was the nation's winningest major college football coach. But his 61-year career at Penn State ended in his firing last November, as the school faced mounting criticism over its failure to report to law enforcement an allegation that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulted a boy in a campus shower. Mr. Sandusky, charged with abusing 10 boys over 15 years, is currently standing trial.

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