July 17, 2023 – Trusts & Estates Law practice attorney, Ashwani Prabhakar, spoke to WealthManagement about the recent legal battle involving Aretha Franklin’s estate as a jury was tasked with deciding whether a handwritten document found between the cushions of the singer’s couch should be considered a valid last will and testament.
In order to avoid the same uncertainty that Franklin’s family faced about the iconic diva’s final wishes, Prabhakar advises clients to consult a lawyer. Questions such as the authenticity of the signatures or the mental capacity of a person at the time of a will being drafted are negated by legal guidance throughout the process.
Even in states that allow handwritten wills, such as Aretha Franklin, having expert legal advice gives invaluable peace of mind that the process is being handled correctly, according to Prabhakar.
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