Sherman Hemsley, the actor famed for playing George Jefferson on "All
in the Family" and the spinoff "The Jeffersons," recently
passed away from his battle with lung cancer. As of last week, the actor
still had not been laid to rest until a court could determine the validity of his
estate planning should not be thought of as a necessity only for the rich in Los Angeles.
This actor's estate is roughly worth $50,000, based on a court's
estimate. When there are fewer assets involved, the estate planning process
can avoid substantial
tax planning and the like, but it is still important for an individual drafting a will
to accurately and clearly lay out their last wishes.
Reportedly, the actor named a specific "beloved partner" as the
sole beneficiary of his estate, but a man from Philadelphia alleging to
be the actor's brother has emerged saying the will may not have been
drafted by the actor. The woman that was named as the sole beneficiary
claims the actor never spoke of having a brother. Further, she says that
she never knew the actor when he was a big name, but rather stuck by his
side when he "came running from Los Angeles with not one penny, when
there was nothing but struggle."
Now it will be up to a probate court to determine the validity of the will
so that the actor can finally be laid to rest. It is important that wills
are properly drafted to ensure the distribution of assets according to
the wishes of the recently passed individual. It may behoove residents
of Los Angeles to seek experienced legal counsel in matters of estate
planning to ensure their wishes are adhered to when they pass.
Source: Yahoo! News, "Will dispute prevents burial of Sherman Hemsley," Juan Carlos Llorca, Aug. 30, 2012