Chapter 1420: You Are Now Rich
Gu Nianzhi’s heart felt slightly uncomfortable.
He Zhichu heard the surprise in her voice and said disapprovingly, “I think so. Why else would Ye Xuan make that trip?”
If it had been more than a month ago, Gu Nianzhi would have been elated to hear about this will.
But now, she was in a very poor mood.
Because this will was no longer that important.
As a result of the two lawsuits, she basically understood the Gu family’s assets like the back of her hand.
Gu Nianzhi had already taken over all of the Gu family’s assets. Moreover, there was a message from Gu Xiangwen’s holographic virtual portrait on the submarine. Her acceptance of the assets was in accordance with all legal procedures.
Now, this will of Gu Xiangwen was merely just one additional memento of her father to her.
Of course, He Zhichu did not know that Gu Xiangwen had left behind a holographic will. If he knew, he would not have bothered with this matter.
Because according to the law, the only valid will was the last will that the party made while they were conscious.
The will in Lawyer Vanderbilt’s hands had obviously been replaced by Gu Xiangwen’s holographic will.
Legally speaking, the will in Lawyer Vanderbilt’s hands was already considered invalid.
However, Gu Nianzhi wanted to know how her father had dealt with the distribution of his property before anything had happened to him.
She felt downcast for a moment before asking, “… then did Professor He see the will?”
He Zhichu shook his head and spoke concisely, “He just contacted me, but he’ll be here soon. He wants to see you.”
“See me?” Gu Nianzhi pushed open the door of the mansion and lowered her head to change her shoes at the entrance hall. She asked, “Has he confirmed my identity?”
He Zhichu paused as he held his phone. “Yes, he asked me. I told him you were here, so he said he’d come to see you and announce his will.”
Gu Nianzhi rolled her eyes. “He didn’t mention Gu Yanran?”
After all, Gu Yanran had been the heir to the Gu family’s inheritance for the past seven years.
Gu Xiangwen should have made his will before his accident. At that time, nothing had happened yet, so what was his intention?
He Zhichu scoffed. “Her? She is so thick-skinned. Can she fool others? Can she fool Gu Xiangwen?”
Gu Nianzhi pursed her lips. “Professor He, please don’t talk about my father like that, okay?”
He Zhichu was at a loss for words. After a while, he said, “It’s my fault. I’m sorry. When the enforcer arrives, we’ll make an appointment to meet.”
He hung up the phone and sat alone on the single sofa in the living room of the West Mountain Villa. He propped his head up with his hand and gazed expressionlessly at the lush grass and trees outside the French windows.
After Gu Nianzhi ended the call, she brought Little Corgi into the house.
Little Corgi squatted down at the entrance hall and waited for Gu Nianzhi to get a wet tissue to wipe its feet.
As a clean dog, it had very good hygiene habits.
Gu Nianzhi ‘waited on’ her little master before returning to the bedroom to take a shower.
After her morning jog, she took a shower and felt refreshed. Her feelings of depression were all gone.
She sat down in the restaurant downstairs and had breakfast with Huo Shaoheng. Gu Nianzhi told him about He Zhichu call a while back.
Huo Shaoheng looked up at her and spoke unhurriedly, “… He Zhichu removed you from the blacklist?”
Gu Nianzhi, “…”
She rolled her eyes at him. “Huo Shao, you actually still remember?”
“Can I say that I’m a little disappointed?” Huo Shaoheng laughed lightly and went straight to the point. “Was it about that American lawyer Vanderbilt? It has been such a long time and you’ve only just discovered your father’s will? Americans are really inefficient.”
Gu Nianzhi lowered her head to eat her porridge. “It is indeed a little slow.”
It was so slow that she thought that Ye Xuan had made a mistake and that Lawyer Vanderbilt did not have her father’s will.
It turned out that Ye Xuan was not wrong.
After breakfast, Gu Nianzhi called Ye Xuan and told him about it over the phone.
Ye Xuan had been under the protection of the special operations forces for a few days, but after the bodies of Gu Xiangwen and his wife were found, their protection was revoked.
Because Ye Xuan was no longer a key figure, there was no need for the people behind the scenes to continue to oppose Ye Xuan.
Ye Xuan did not leave Huaxia. He continued to run his own computer company in the capital and lived a very peaceful life.
He chatted with Gu Nianzhi over the phone. “I went to the National Martyrs’ Cemetery to see Mr. Gu again. He’s doing well there.”
Gu Nianzhi’s voice softened. “Thank you, Ye Xuan.”
Other than her, Ye Xuan was another person who genuinely cared about Gu Xiangwen.
It wasn’t because of Gu Xiangwen’s achievements and reputation, but because of his own kindness and magnanimity.
Ye Xuan’s heart sank at the thought of Gu Xiangwen. He said, “A person like Mr. Gu deserves such treatment and status.”
But what for?
He was already dead. Such treatment and status only made the living feel at ease.
Gu Nianzhi sighed softly and said, “I know. I hope they can live the life they want wherever they are.”
The law enforcer from the United States arrived very quickly this time.
He Zhichu personally went to the airport to pick him up the next day when he arrived in the imperial capital.
The law enforcer was also a lawyer. He was fair and chubby, and gave others a good impression. He was even more low-key than Vanderbilt.
Because Vanderbilt’s immediate family had all died, his family property could only be inherited by other relatives in accordance with the law. Therefore, it took him a lot of effort to deal with his estate.
The enforcer of the will had been busy until recently. Only then did he have the time to deal with Vanderbilt’s professional legacy.
This part of the business was not Vanderbilt’s legacy, but his client’s rights.
Gu Xiangwen’s will which Vanderbilt possessed had been transferred to the enforcer after his death. The enforcer needed to hand it over to Gu Nianzhi, his sole legal heir.
He Zhichu arranged for Gu Nianzhi to come to his office and meet the chubby enforcer.
“I’m Willam. You must be Cereus?” The executor smiled warmly and shook her hand.
Gu Nianzhi’s retracted her hand and nodded politely. “Hello, I’m Cereus, and my Chinese name is Gu Nianzhi.”
Willam eyes examined Gu Nianzhi’s figure. He said, “Please forgive me for being presumptuous before the announcement of the will. However, I still need to verify your family status.”
“Of course.” Gu Nianzhi nodded. “What do you need me to do?”
Willam took out the official form. “There are several options for DNA verification. Which one would you like to choose?”
Gu Nianzhi quickly scanned it.
There were three options: blood sample, hair, and body fluid.
Before Gu Nianzhi could speak, He Zhichu had already pulled out a strand of her hair and handed it to Willam. “Hair.”
Willam smiled as he took out a small transparent plastic bag and placed Gu Nianzhi’s hair inside. “I’ll announce Mr. Gu’s will after I send it to the designated verification agency for confirmation.”
He had done it very carefully.
Although Chen Lie had already verified the relationship between Gu Nianzhi’s DNA and Gu Xiangwen’s remains, Willam had to personally find a third party for DNA verification according to the rules of procedure. He couldn’t take the results from others.
Although DNA was the most direct method of verification, DNA verification by others could be faked.
He could not just look at the DNA verification report produced by someone else. He had to personally look for a third party he trusted to re-examine it.
An ordinary will would not be so troublesome, but Gu Xiangwen’s inheritance was quite huge. These procedures were written in the will.
Gu Nianzhi and He Zhichu were both familiar with American law. Hence, they did not have any objections. They simply followed Willam’s instructions.
Willam had found a third-party testing facility. It was a fertility clinic run by Americans in the imperial capital of Huaxia.
The PCR they used was very fast, and the results came in less than two hours.
During this time, he chatted happily with Gu Nianzhi and He Zhichu.
Willam laughed when he received the call from the clinic. “That’s great! You guys are the best!”
He put down the phone and opened his briefcase. He took out a document and placed it in front of Gu Nianzhi.
“Cereus, this is the will that your father, Gu Xiangwen, left with my client, Mr. Vanderbilt. “There are three copies in total. One is with Mr. Vanderbilt, one is with Mr. Gu, and one is with the notary.”
“I have two copies here. One is with Mr. Vanderbilt, and the other is with the notary. They are exactly the same.”
Gu Nianzhi nodded and looked at the two wills.
She said, “I don’t know where the one in my father’s hands is.”
“It’s okay.” Willam smiled gently. “These two have enough legitimacy.”
Gu Nianzhi closed her eyes. “Thank you. Please read the contents of the will for me.”
Willam glanced at He Zhichu and said, “Mr. He, may I ask what your relationship with Cereus is?”
During the reading of the will, unrelated people should not be present.
He Zhichu was about to get up and leave when Gu Nianzhi reached out to hold him down. She said to Willam, “He’s my lawyer.”
Since he was Gu Nianzhi’s lawyer, he was no longer an irrelevant person.
He Zhichu’s heart warmed, and he sat back down without saying a word.
His sparkling peach blossom eyes stared unblinkingly at the will in Willam’s hand.
Willam nodded and turned to look at Gu Nianzhi. “Miss Gu, I will now read the will left behind by your father, Mr. Gu Xiangwen.”
He lowered his head and began to read the will word by word.
“I, Gu Xiangwen, will be making this will in the presence of a lawyer and a notary witness today.”
“The list of all my assets will always be with my daughter, Gu Nianzhi.”
“All my assets will be inherited by the Cereus Charity Foundation.”
“My daughter, Gu Nianzhi, is the enforcer and beneficiary of the Cereus Charity Foundation.”
Gu Nianzhi frowned.
This will was really concise.
It didn’t sound like a traditional will, but more like a clue. An arrow that pointed to a mystery.
And judging from this will, Gu Xiangwen’s assets were not left directly to her, but to a charity fund named after her.
If this was the only will, it meant that all of Gu Xiangwen’s assets had been transferred to this charity fund and not to Gu Nianzhi.
She could take profits from this charity fund and manage its operations, but she was not the owner of this property.
This was fundamentally different from the holographic virtual human will that Gu Xiangwen had left in the submarine seven years ago.
Why did he do this?
Gu Nianzhi thought about it and asked, “May I ask when my father made this will?”
Willam looked at the signature of the will and gave a time.
Gu Nianzhi was stunned. She was only one year old when Gu Xiangwen made this will. Hence, this will was made 18 years ago.
Based on the time, Gu Xiangwen’s holographic will in the submarine had invalidated this will from 18 years ago.
Gu Nianzhi was not worried about her inheritance rights, but she was curious about the Cereus Charity Foundation.
“May I ask who is running this charity fund?” Gu Nianzhi asked curiously.
Willam looked at the document, he said, “Mr. Gu Xiangwen founded this charity fund 18 years ago. At that time, he gave Mr. Vanderbilt an initial fee that could last for 18 years. This fund doesn’t have any assets, but now it has assets.”
He looked at Gu Nianzhi with a smile, “Cereus, you’re are now the enforcer and beneficiary of a multi-billion-dollar charity fund. You are now rich.”