Famous and without a Will
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Barry White left children, wives and girlfriends fighting over his fortune when he died in 2003 at the age of 58.
Bob Marley had six children by different ‘baby mothers’ and three by his wife, Rita. Despite the singer’s eight-month battle with cancer, which ended in his death at the age of 36 in 1981, Marley did not make a will. He left an estimated $30 million, and dozens of claimants. After his state funeral, attended by 30,000 people, the squabbles began over his legacy.
Even if you have made a will, you need to ensure it is updated. Family make-up can change after the birth of a child or the breakdown of a marriage, but if a will is not updated to include or remove beneficiaries, they will have little or no claim to the estate should you die. The late Heath Ledger’s daughter Matilda was left out of a will completed before her birth.