At the beginning of Sept. of this year, this blog detailed the dispute ensuing after the passing of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" actor, Sherman Hemsley. Due to the dispute over the burial plans for the actor in addition to the dispute over the plans for his estate, the body of the late actor has yet to be laid to rest, nearly four months after his passing from lung cancer in July.
Initially, it was reported that the actor had a will in which he named his former manager and close friend the sole benefactor. However, a man from Philadelphia then emerged to dispute the will and to say that he was the late actor's brother. The parties have been arguing about where the actor should be laid to rest -- El Paso, where he lived for the last 20 or so years, or Pennsylvania, where the actor's family is from.
In the midst of this dispute, a third party came forward disputing both of the friend's and alleged-brother's claims. This third party states that his mother was like family to the late actor and that the woman named as the sole benefactor was not close to the actor, nor is the man claiming to be the actor's brother related to the departed actor.
This complicated case has yet to be resolved. It is unfortunate, but not uncommon, to see parties disputing the last wishes of an individual. For this reason, it is important for an individual to take time to properly plan for the end to ensure that after the individual's passing, their last wishes are seen through. However, in cases where this has not happened, an individual close to the departed individual may need to seek experienced legal counsel to ensure that the proper last wishes are exacted.
Source: Examiner.com, "The Sherman Hemsley dispute: Multiple parties head to court over will details," Stacy Carey, Oct. 30, 2012