When Aaron Hernandez committed suicide that was the end of the criminal cases filed against him. However, the battle over his estate had just begun.
He left behind a four-year-old daughter, whose mother would like her to receive something. However, the families of his victims also want to receive a share of the estate to compensate them for their losses.
What was not initially known, was how much money Hernandez had left after all of his legal troubles.
That has now been determined to be essentially nothing, according to the New York Daily News in "Aaron Hernandez's estate is worth nothing: court records."
Hernandez's girlfriend, the mother of his child, filed papers with the probate court overseeing the case. These papers document that Hernandez passed away with virtually no money or valuable personal property to speak of.
The only thing left is his home. The court granted the girlfriend permission to sell the home to an undisclosed interested buyer for $1.3 million. The mother of one of Hernandez's victims has stated that she wants a portion of proceeds from the sale.
This is a case that is tragic all around.
Both Hernandez's young daughter and the families of his victims deserve a part of the estate, but there is not enough to go around for everyone to get everything they deserve.
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: New York Daily News (April 27, 2017) "Aaron Hernandez's estate is worth nothing: court records."