Last week we discussed the protracted litigation over James Brown's estate. Ideally, a person's wishes are respected upon death. The public nature of the probate process and errors in drafting a will can expose an estate to embarrassing publicity and infighting like the controversy that surrounds Brown's estate.
The former record producer of James Brown claims that his children have subverted his final wishes and hijacked his $100 million estate from charity. The New York Post reports that producer Jacque Hollander has started a court battle to see that The Godfather of Soul's estate goes to a trust for needy children.
In previous posts, we covered the basics of Georgia probate and the death of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. The celebrity news website Radar Online reports that the probate process has begun for Elizabeth Taylor's estate, which is estimated to be worth between $600 million and $1 billion.
Iconic movie star Elizabeth Taylor's death last week is a reminder of the importance of a solid estate plan. The Academy Award winner was known for her many films, husbands, and extensive jewelry collection. Taylor is also remembered as the first major Hollywood star to join the fight against HIV/AIDS.