Last will and testamentApparently Aretha Franklin, who had an estate worth $80 million, died without writing a Last Will and Testament. But, since she did not write her own Will, the State of Michigan, where I assume she resided, wrote it for her. And everyone in Michigan who did not proactively write their own Will gets the same state imposed Will.

For Aretha, who I don’t believe was married, and did not have living parents, her individually owned estate, without beneficiary designations, will be distributed in equal shares to her children.

That sounds easy, doesn’t it? But who will administer the estate and make decisions about distributions? If she had children under 18, who would manage their shares? If she had children just over 18 would they be able to successfully invest and spend millions of dollars? Would she want all of her children to inherit her estate equally? Is there someone else, or charities, she would have given money to?

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