When fashion designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide, she left her entire $9 million estate to her boyfriend, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, instead of to her sister or brother. Disinheriting a relative is not a simple process, and fights often break out between loved ones when someone is left out of a will.
In a short, three-page will, the fashion designer left all of her belongings and property along with her residual estate to Jagger. The will specifically states that she is intentionally omitting any other heirs.
In Florida, siblings may have the right to inherit from each other under Florida’s intestate statute. But even if the siblings did not have the right to inherit, leaving next of kin out of an estate plan could make them angry and more likely to contest the will. Squabbles over wills can drag on for years and prevent your heirs from receiving their inheritance. If you want to disinherit a relative, the best thing to do is be clear about your intention in your will. It is also important to understand how your state treats disinheritance. Finally, even if your estate is less than $9 million and it isn’t going to an already wealthy Rolling Stone, you will benefit from the services of a qualified elder law or estate planning attorney.
For more information about disinheriting a relative, call our office at (727) 280-6837 to meet with Attorney Melissa Williams.