Saturday, 25 August 2018
It has been reported that legendary singer Aretha Franklin died without making a Will, despite her estimated $80 million fortune. Court documents have disclosed that she died intestate which means she had no Will at the time of her death. Under Michigan law, where an unmarried person dies without leaving a Will then their estate is divided equally among any children.
The fact that Aretha Franklin died without leaving a Will is particularly surprising as it is reported that one of her children, Clarence, has special needs and will require financial and medical support for the rest of his life. He will now reportedly share his fortune with his three other siblings.
Aretha Franklin’s lawyer for over three decades, Don Wilson, has said that he had constantly asked her to put a Trust or Will in place but she had never instructed him to do so. He said “I just hope her estate does not get so hotly contested. Any time they don’t leave a Trust or a Will, there always ends up being a big fight”.
Under Scots Law, if you die without making a Will:
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