Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died on August 16, 2018 without a will. According to Michigan law, Franklin’s four sons will divide her large estate equally. The AP reports no conflicts have arisen among her family members, but it is expected to take years to establish the value of her estate.
Two years after his death, Prince’s heirs have still not received a penny of his estate, due to the fact that he died without a will.
When a person dies without a will, it creates the opportunity for heartache within an already grieving family. State law will determine how the deceased’s assets are divided among certain family members; there is no path to leave property to a friend, charity, or to family members not named in the law.
Many assume that your spouse will inherit all of your assets if you die without a will. That is not necessarily true.
The experienced lawyers at Leonard Sciolla can guide you through the process of planning your estate and writing your Pennsylvania or New Jersey will regardless of your marital status, number of children and net worth. Contact John Leonard, Keith Leonard, or Heidi Anderson at (215) 567-1530.