The movie industry and fans mourned Chadwick Boseman’s death in 2020. This “Black Panther” star passed away without a will, and many wondered what would happen to his assets. His estate was tied up in probate court for roughly two years before it was recently settled. This is an example of why you don’t want to die without a will.
According to the public court documents: Chadwick’s spouse received $1.5 million, his family received $1.5 million, the government received $1.5 million… and the probate court cost his loved ones roughly $900,000.
You don’t have to have to be famous or have millions to need a will. While the laws vary from state to state, your assets will be divided among your family if you die without a will in Illinois. But what if that’s not how you want your life-earned assets distributed? What if you have a long-term partner with who you want to keep the house and car?
There are a lot of reasons why you want a will in place when you pass away, here are just a few:
Thankfully, everyone is able to have a will. Working with an experienced estate planning attorney can help you with this task.
You don’t have to be famous or have millions to have a will. You have worked hard for everything you have and we can help you protect it.