Aretha was born on the 25th March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA and she died on the 16th August 2018.
Aretha had a successful music career that spanned six decades and had record sales of over 75 million!
Aretha left four adult children to dispute over her estate as she appeared to have died without having made her Will.
It is difficult to understand that a successful musician and singer would have omitted to plan for the distribution of her estate after death.
Aretha’s four children had to list themselves as interested parties in her estate, while her niece asked the court to appoint her as personal representative of the estate.
A year and a half later her niece wrote a letter announcing her intent to resign as executor of the estate. The letter describes the disputes between family members.
When Aretha died in August 2018, no known Will was in existence but in May 2019 her niece discovered three hand-written documents that appeared to be Wills, although they had yet to be verified.
That discovery led to months of legal battles and family tension.
Planning what happens to your estate after death is especially important and can reduce tensions and long and costly legal battles occurring.
It takes no more than 30 minutes of your time to avoid your family falling out for years and swallowing up your estate in legal fees.
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© Karen Wells – June 2020