Moore Law Firm

Moore Law Firm

9949 W. Bell Road
Suite 201
Sun City, AZ 85351
Contact Us For A Courtesy Consultation
623-207-9153

Aretha Franklin's handwritten wills may present problems

If Sun City residents have heard of the estate-planning debacle surrounding the estate of famed singer Aretha Franklin, then you know just how dangerous it can be to forego estate planning altogether. Yet, even mediocre estate planning can prove problematic. It can threaten to tie an estate up in probate for a long time, draining the estate of resources, wasting loved ones' time, and causing familial strife.

Again, it appears that Aretha Franklin's estate serves as a reminder of why half-hearted estate planning is dangerous. Recent reports have indicated that Franklin had multiple handwritten wills stashed in her home. Two of the wills date to 2010, and one dates to 2014. Of Franklin's four sons, two plan to contest the legal validity of the documents, which means they likely contain terms that are counter to their interests. The matter is expected to be addressed through contentious court hearings.

Handwritten wills can present a whole host of problems. They often aren't witnessed, which can automatically deem them legally invalid. Also, with multiple wills it's hard to determine if newer ones are meant to modify or fully replace older ones. These issues and others can lead to legal conflict.

One way to avoid these legal matters is to engage in thorough and holistic estate planning up front. An attorney often proves beneficial in this process by crafting detailed legal documents that contain clear, unambiguous terms that suit an individual's needs. To acquire this assistance and protect their estate as fully as possible, individuals should consider sitting down with a legal professional they trust.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Client Testimonials

I got the family trust updated.
I was very pleased with the expertise and professionalism exhibited by your staff in serving my needs.

Our legal documents were outdated due to time and circumstances.
The staff at Moore Law Firm worked with us to develop a trust and other legal documents which meet our current as well as our future needs.
The staff at moore law firm were so professional, knowledgable and friendly to work with. They worked beyond to accomodate our needs. Thank you all.

Moore Law Firm
9949 W. Bell Road
Suite 201
Sun City, AZ 85351

Phone: 623-207-9153
Phone: 623-207-9153
Fax: 623-977-7237
Map & Directions

B.Moore Law Firm