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    Nov 29 12

    Another Celebrity Will Contested: Lessons for All Families in Newport Beach

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    could only imagine what George Jefferson — the wise-cracking character who was
    “movin’ on up” on the 1970′s TV hit, The Jeffersons — would have said about
    this predicament.  The body of actor
    Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson, has been kept on ice for the last
    3 1/2 months.  His remains have been
    refrigerated since he passed away from lung cancer on July 24, 2012, at the age
    of 74.

    Apartments on RiverWill contests can yield some
    strange stories. Take for example the case of the late Sherman Hemsley and the
    three and a half months his remains rested on ice before he was finally put to
    rest. A recap of that story can be found at Forbes
    in, “Court Ruling Finally Allows Body of Late
    Jefferson Star To ‘Move On Up’

    Hemsley’s story is a troubling
    one, 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 “The
    Jeffersons,” didn’t have any real family, but he did have a close friend and
    business manager in Flora Enchiton whom he named in the will he drafted a mere
    six weeks before his passing. When a long-lost half-brother showed up to
    dispute the validity of Hemsley’s will and claim his right to direct the
    burial, the ensuing fight became both ugly and very public. In the end,
    Hemsley’s will prevailed, but not without a long fight.  

    Teaching points:

    1. Even estates of relatively small value can bring out
      the worst in your relatives.
    2. Proper estate planning can help ensure your wishes are
      carried out after your passing, even if some would choose to violate them.
    3. Don’t procrastinate. The fact that Hemsley’s will was
      written a mere six weeks before his death did complicate matters. Had the will
      been signed long ago, before Hemsley was sick, it’s unlikely that the case
      would have taken so long to resolve.

    Contact your Newport Beach
    estate planning attorneys at Meier Law Firm to discuss all of your estate planning

    Reference: Forbes
    (November 12, 2012) “Court Ruling Finally Allows Body of Late
    Jefferson Star To ‘Move On Up’

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