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Aaron Carter

Tragically Aaron Carter ‘died without a will’ leaving the state to decide who will inherit his assets.

Tragic Aaron Carter ‘died without a will’ leaving the state to decide who will inherit his assets including his $800,000 house which he had put on the market shortly before his deathSinger did not write a will, meaning California will decide who inherits estate
Sources say Carter was not in strong financial health at the time of his death
His $800,000 Lancaster house had been put up for sale but is now off market

Aaron Carter died without leaving a will meaning the state of California will decide who will inherit his assets, it has been revealed.

The 34-year-old, who passed away earlier this month, had been advised by his attorney to make a will, particularly after the birth of his 11-month-old son Prince.

The singer shared Prince with his on-again, off-again fiancée Melanie Martin, who started their rocky relationship in 2020.

The LA County Department of Children and Family Services were forced to get involved because of the domestic disputes between the tumultuous couple, and removed Prince from their home.

He has been living with Martin’s mother since September, reports TMZ.

The star had put his Lancaster home up for sale for around $800,000 in the weeks prior to his death but it has now been taken off the market

In California, the child normally inherits their single parent’s estate if they die without a will.

But sources said Carter was not in a strong financial position when he was found dead in his home on November 5.

If a sale goes ahead, Prince would likely have security in any equity it brings.

Last week, Martin was seen moving her stuff out of his home.

Since January 2020, Carter and Martin had a rocky relationship leading up to the birth of their son on November 22, 2021.

The singer told DailyMail.com in August that the two weren’t together and were done for good.

It’s unclear what the relationship status of the pair was leading up to Carter’s death was – but Martin released a statement and called him her ‘fiancée.’

The couple were on and off in their relationship. Carter had split from fiancée Martin just one week after they welcomed their first child together in 2021
Martin could be seen crying outside Carter’s California home after he was found dead
She wrote: ‘My fiancée Aaron Carter has passed away. I love Aaron with all my heart and it’s going to be a journey to raise a son without a father.

‘Please respect the privacy of my family as we come to terms with the loss of someone we love greatly.

‘We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.’

Carter filed custody of their son and a petition for protection at the Antelope Valley Courthouse in Los Angeles County earlier this year.

At the time, he accused Martin of ’emotional distress, anguish, shoving, & scratching’, and claimed she used the threat of suicide to abuse him ’emotionally.’

One of the last people he texted was his manager Taylor Helgeson, telling him he was optimistic about the future and the release of his new music.

Helgeson recalled his final conversation with the I Want Candy singer the night before he died – and his thrill about the release of his new album he planned on recording in Los Angeles this month.

‘He was so excited, he was extremely optimistic,’ Helgeson told The US Sun. ‘It was a few years since we released Love, and he felt ready to do another one… it was the first time in a while that I’ve seen him so excited. He had more [to give], and he didn’t quit.’

Taylor Helgeson, Aaron Carter’s manager, revealed the singer last texted him on November 4 about his excitement to record his new album.
The night before Carter died, he had invited a friend to his home to begin recording for his new album – but the friend never made it
In one of Carter’s final messages to Helgeson on November 4, he had texted his manager to check in.

Helgeson said he asked the singer how he was doing. To which he responded: ‘I’m just headed back to the house. I was in L.A. All good though. Things are looking up.’

Carter later looked over the songs for his new album and added: ‘Holy s****! The new album, what the f***? This is definitely a Grammy!’

The manager responded: ‘Yeah, and you deserve it.’

‘Huge! Our best work yet,’ Carter last said at 6.32pm, Helgeson told The Sun.

Carter would later call Helgeson – but he was unable to answer because he was on a plane. The singer then called another friend and invited him over to his Lancaster home to begin recording vocals for the album.

‘From what I heard, that was around 9.30pm,’ Helgeson said. ‘But he never made it to the house.’

The singer was set to record his new album this month with Denmark producers.

Carter was set to record the album that he called Grammy material alongside producers from Denmark in Los Angeles this month

Carter began acting out of character leading up to his death, including missing important meetings

Helgeson said Carter felt as if he could handle all the issues in his life.

‘This album was going to be him owning everything,’ Helgeson said. ‘He was going to take accountability, and he felt that was going to be the best way to do it.’

‘He wouldn’t miss a show for anything if he could help it,’ Helgeson told the news outlet. ‘In the last few weeks, he missed some things, and that was so uncharacteristic of him, and I was upset.’

At the time, Helgeson presented Carter with an intense, custom-built rehab program as he began to fall off the wagon. He even confronted Carter when the star went on Instagram live stream and was seen ‘huffing.’

Carter previously admitted to having a huffing addiction but told Helgeson that it wasn’t real.

In a previous interview with DailyMail.com, his public relations aide Holly Davidson revealed the pop star wanted to resolve his children’s custody battle before he went to rehab.

‘I want to be better and I am trying to be better, but I cannot do it now,’ he told Davidson, of ITC PR.

‘He set his priorities as trying to deal with the courts over his son, the new music and life,’ the aide told DailyMail.com. ‘Then he wanted to go to rehab.’

Carter had been in a long-running custody battle with on-again/off-again girlfriend Melanie Martin, the mother of his 11-month-old son Prince.

The rehab plan was devised with addiction consultant Brenden Borrowman, co-founder of Utah drug treatment center ReBoot. According to its website, ReBoot uses ‘time-proven military behavioral science’ to develop self-worth and positive behavior.

Borrowman said that Aaron was ‘savable’. ‘I truly believe that,’ he previously told DailyMail.com.

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Your Parent Didn’t Have A Will: What Should You Do Now?

Your Parent Didn’t Have A Will: What Should You Do Now?

  • Make a diligent search for a will. Look through your parent’s records and file cabinets, talk to their close friends and other relatives, ask their accountant and any lawyer they worked with in the past. Look around the house for business cards of lawyers, accountants or financial advisors. They may have gone to a lawyer and not told you about the appointment. I cannot tell you how many times a client has told me, “I have a will, but it’s old.” Wills are not like cartons of milk; they don’t have expiration dates. If you have found an “old will” – and it was not revoked by your parent – it is the will that will be probated.
  • Check to see if mom or dad had a safe deposit box. The will may be in the safe deposit box. This poses a particular challenge because the authority to get into the safe deposit box may be in the box. If you are fortunate, mom or dad will have named you as a signatory on the box and you will be able to access it. If not, you will have to adhere to your state’s laws in order to gain access to the box. Some states allow you to bring a special petition to gain access to the box. Other states will require a full probate petition in order to gain access.
  • Gather a list of your parent’s assets, financial statements and tax returns. It is particularly helpful to have financial statements covering the date of death. If mom died on March 19, you should gather up all of the financial statements that cover the entire month of March. Date of death values of assets will be needed for probate and estate tax returns. Financial statements will often indicate ownership of the account. If there was a joint owner of the account, the ownership will most likely pass to the surviving joint owner and probate of that asset may not be needed. The same is true if the account had a “POD” – Payable on Death – listed. The asset gets paid on death to that named person listed and avoids probate.
  • Make an appointment with a lawyer. This can be your parent’s lawyer, your lawyer or a new lawyer you have been referred to by a trusted advisor. Just because dad used his old college buddy for his legal needs does not mean that you have to use that same lawyer to administer his estate. If you are the person in charge of dealing with the estate, you can hire whatever attorney you like to advise you. I caution you not to use the lawyer who helped with the purchase of your home or handled your best friend’s divorce to assist with the estate. Hire someone who has experience with trusts and estates law. You wouldn’t go to a dermatologist to perform your heart surgery. Likewise, you should not hire a real estate lawyer to administer your mother’s estate.

The lawyer will review the information you have gathered and will advise you what next steps are needed. At this stage, a lawyer is generally looking to see if probate will be necessary. If all of the assets were owned jointly with a surviving joint owner or had a named beneficiary, there may be no need to probate. In most states, the ownership passes by operation of law to the surviving joint owner or the named beneficiary. This is often the case with life insurance, IRA’s and 401K’s. If, however, there is an asset in mom’s name alone, such as a home or a bank account, probate will be needed for that asset. Since there is no will, you will need to bring a petition under the laws of the state where mom died (or where she owned assets) asking the court to appoint you as Personal Representative (or Administrator) of the estate. This is called an intestate estate, which means mom or dad died without a will. The beneficiaries will then be determined by state law, which dictates who inherits the money.

Of course, most of this can be avoided if your parent creates an estate plan, including a will, before they die. Unfortunately, just like we didn’t always listen to their advice when we were growing up, they often do not listen to ours.
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What Does Entertainer Chadwick Boseman’s Estate Look Like?

What Does Entertainer Chadwick Boseman’s Estate Look Like?

What Does Entertainer Chadwick Boseman’s Estate Look Like? Chadwick Boseman passed away in late August after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He died without a will, and his estate is estimated at $938,500, according to papers filed in Los Angeles County probate court.

Boseman is best known for the movie “Black Panther,” as well as “42,” “Get on Up” and “Marshall.” He appeared earlier this year in Spike Lee’s “Da Five Bloods.”

USA Today’s recent article entitled “Chadwick Boseman’s wife seeks to administer estate of ‘Black Panther’ star, who died with no will” reports that in the court papers, Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward (referred to in the documents by her legal name, Taylor Simone Ledward), asked to be appointed administrator with limited authority over the actor’s estate.

When there is no will to designate an executor, state law or a judge will make that determination. Most states say that the surviving spouse or registered domestic partner, if any, is the first choice. An adult child is then usually next on the list, followed by other family members.

If there’s no will, state law will direct what happens to property. If the deceased person was married, the surviving spouse typically gets the largest share.

Distant relatives inherit, only if there is no surviving spouse and if there are no children. If no relatives can be found, the state gets the assets.

In addition to Ledward, the actor is survived by his parents, Leroy and Carolyn Boseman, who are also named in the papers. Boseman’s family, including Ledward, were by his side when he died at his Los Angeles home.

According to People, Boseman and Ledward became engaged in 2019 and their last public appearance together was at the NBA All-Star Game in February in Chicago.

Boseman paid tribute to his wife during an acceptance speech at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards. “Simone, you’re with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.” Ledward blew him a kiss and mouthed back the words, “I love you.”

Reference: USA Today (Oct. 16, 2020) “Chadwick Boseman’s wife seeks to administer estate of ‘Black Panther’ star, who died with no will”

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