Music legend Glen Campbell announced in 2011 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's. He made the news again in 2015 when two out of his eight children filed a lawsuit seeking permission to visit him. They claimed that this visitation was being denied to them by Campbell's fourth wife.
They eventually won that lawsuit.
Campbell has since passed away. However, the fighting between his family members is not over.
The story is reported by the Daily Mail in "Fighting over dad's rhinestones: Major inheritance fight expected after the late country legend Glen Campbell cut three of his eight kids from his will."
Campbell's most recent will was drafted in 2006, before his Alzheimer's diagnosis.
In the will he explicitly cut out the three children he had with his second wife. They divorced in 1976.
What is not clear is why Campbell cut them out. The will gives no reason for the decision.
Campbell's estate is estimated to be worth $50 million, giving the three excluded children plenty of financial reasons to contest the will. A court hearing is already scheduled on the matter.
Campbell may have made a couple of basic estate planning mistakes here.
He did not state why he was disinheriting the children or use some other method of exclusion, such as giving them a small inheritance. He also did not use a no-contest clause to make a legal fight less likely.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your estate plans or when probating an estate or administering a trust, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage a Cincinnati estate planning attorney.
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Reference: Daily Mail (Nov. 30, 2017) "Fighting over dad's rhinestones: Major inheritance fight expected after the late country legend Glen Campbell cut three of his eight kids from his will."