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In the novel Crooked House, Mr Gaitskill is a solicitor of the firm "Gaitskill, Callum & Gaitskill". He looks after the legal affairs of the weatlhy Aristide Leonides. Some years before the events in the book, Aristide had given Gaitskill instructions to prepare a will. After Aristide had approved a draft, Gaitskill forwarded a fair copy for signature but Aristide never sent it back to him.

After the death of Aristide, Gaitskill comes to Three Gables, the family house. Chief Inspector Taverner shows him an envelope which had been found among Aristide's papers. Gaitskill opens it and is surrpised to find that it is the will he had prepared, but it had not been signed. Yet the family all agree that they had all been in the room watching Aristide sign his will and had two servants witness it.

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