If you are making an estate plan, you may be thinking about how much to leave your children or whether you should include a provision in your will to disinherit an heir. See disinheriting an heir.If you recently had a family member pass, you may find you were disinherited. You may also know someone that was disinherited. This article highlights some well known cases of disinheritance involving celebrities.
Michael Jackson Disinherited His Father
After Michael Jackson’s death, attorney John G. Branca produced the last will executed by Michael Jackson in 2002. Jackson's last will left his entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust. The will makes no mention of Joseph Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father.
The will was submitted for probate in Los Angeles County on July 1, 2009. Branca was appointed co-executor of Jackson’s estate, along with co-executor John McClain. Jackson’s father filed several court actions challenging the validity of Jackson’s 2002 will. Joseph Jackson sought to have a court declare that Michael died without a will, also known as dying intestate. Because Joseph Jackson is not a beneficiary of the will, he had nothing to lose by contesting the will. See will and trust disputes.
According to news reports, the primary beneficiaries of Michael Jackson’s family trust are his mother, Katherine Jackson, his three children, and various charitable organizations. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge in the case previously stated that Joseph Jackson will inherit nothing from his son’s estate. Later on in the case, the California Court of Appeals ruled Joseph Jackson does not have legal standing to intervene in how Michael Jackson’s estate is administered. See estate administration.
Hollywood Icon Joan Crawford Disinherited Two of Her Children
When actress Joan Crawford died in 1977, two of her children, Christina Crawford and Christopher Crawford, learned they had been disinherited. All of Joan Crawford’s children were adopted, yet she left an inheritance to two of her children while disinheriting the other two. For more, see our overview of the inheritance rights of
Adopted Children.Crawford’s estate was valued at approximately $2 million dollars at the time of her death. In her will, she left $77,500 each to her two younger daughters, Cathy and Cynthia. She also bequeathed money to several other people and numerous charities. Despite this, Crawford left nothing to her eldest children, Christina and Christopher. She used the following disinheritance language to cut the two eldest heirs out of her estate: It is my intention to make no provision herein for my son Christopher or my daughter Christina for reasons which are well known to them. Christina and Christopher contested the will and received a small settlement. See contesting a will.Crawford’s last will was made in 1976. In 1978, Christina published a best selling book about her childhood with Joan Crawford. You can watch Christina's story in the well known film Mommie Dearest.To learn about the inheritance rights of children, how to control the distribution of property in your estate, and how to ensure your last wishes are honored, see estate planning.For details about the estates of other celebrities, see Celebrity Estates.Copyright 2020 Pennyborn.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Updated February 20, 2020.
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