Will contests can yield somestrange stories. Take for example the case of the late Sherman Hemsley and thethree and a half months his remains rested on ice before he was finally put torest. A recap of that story can be found at Forbesin, â€œCourt Ruling Finally Allows Body of LateJefferson Star To â€˜Move On Upâ€™.â€
Hemsleyâ€™s story is a troublingone, perhaps even more so because his estate was valued at only around $50,000.Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson on the hit TV comedy â€œTheJeffersons,â€ didnâ€™t have any real family, but he did have a close friend andbusiness manager in Flora Enchiton whom he named in the will he drafted a meresix weeks before his passing. When a long-lost half-brother showed up todispute the validity of Hemsleyâ€™s will and claim his right to direct theburial, the ensuing fight became both ugly and very public. In the end,Hemsleyâ€™s will prevailed, but not without a long fight.
- Even estates of relatively small value can bring outthe worst in your relatives.
- Proper estate planning can help ensure your wishes arecarried out after your passing, even if some would choose to violate them.
- Donâ€™t procrastinate. The fact that Hemsleyâ€™s will waswritten a mere six weeks before his death did complicate matters. Had the willbeen signed long ago, before Hemsley was sick, itâ€™s unlikely that the casewould have taken so long to resolve.
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