Really famous people who died without a will or failed to update their will before dying
This article reveals those folks who had it really going for them but failed to do just one right thing before leaving the face of planet earth. And we are talking about very famous people, and they were top celebrities in their various sectors and lives. It is written so that you can understand the relevance of making a WILL whilst you have the best time to do so! It is projected that around 54% to 78% of adult folks haven’t truly taken out time to initiate a Will and Testament.
Here is a countdown of the RICH and FAMOUS who failed to make a WILL!
Only Fools and Horses legend Roger Lloyd-Pack has left a legacy worthy of his character Trigger by failing to write a will for his £1.4 million estate.
The 69-year-old died from cancer in January last year and now his widow Jehane Markham and four children will have to pay thousands in tax compared to if a will was present.
The famous President of America who also was a lawyer and who should have known better is number one on this list. He failed or properly forgot to make a WILL before he died. Though he left approximately $120,000 which would equate to some multi-millions today – equally shared amongst his wife, two sons, and Mary Todd Lincoln; a written WILL would have properly defined the sharing formula of his estate at that time much better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This highly celebrated civil/human rights activist also was short of making a WILL. This may be because he died untimely at a very young age but that one lapse is currently causing family issues with respect to property sharing and ownership. And in recent times, his daughter and sons fought over his Nobel Peace Prize medal and peculiar travelling Bible with the former wanting to keep them and the latter desirous of selling them off.
It was a WILL of forgery in the case of this billionaire who passed away in 1976. This forged will left $1.56 billion to various charities; about $470 million to top officers of Hughes’ companies and aides; $156 million to his first cousin, $156 million shared 50/50 between former wives, with $156 million to a gas station owner. However, a trial was held later in 1978 in which a panel of judges decided the WILL was a first-class well planned out forgery. And at the end of it all, 22 heirs inherited this billionaire’s gigantic estate.
The celebrity reggae musician and icon Bob Marley who died of cancer at age 34 didn’t pen a WILL down. This was believed to have been so because of his religious affinity at that time. And this absence of WILL has brought about various squabbles over who should get this or that on his estates. This icon is still one of the top earning dead celebrities in the world with reported earnings of about $22 million in 2014 only. And the fight for shares still ongoing till date!
The list is inexhaustible but we have narrowed it down to these top 4 choices and one major lesson to be learned from these folks – is that without a will, some unforeseen troubles would be borne for the future. These squabbles may last for a very long time and demands years for resolutions. But by then several multiple thousands of dollars would have been spent in attorneys’ fees.
So make a WILL whilst you CAN today, and remember it can be updated regularly.