John Wisely Detroit Free Press Published 10:09 AM EST Mar 8, 2019 Former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell had a Hall of Fame career and a marriage to match. Friends and strangers alike marveled at the love he and his wife, Lulu, shared for almost 70 years. But their fairy-tale family included a large dose of heartache, most of it unseen and much of it unseemly. Oakland County court records show that for years, the couple’s four children have been beset by infighting and impatience for their inheritance from parents often unable to say no. The children point fingers at family lawyers. The lawyers point back with allegations of unpaid bills, missing money and alleged mistreatment of Lulu, who battled dementia for years before dying March 1 at age 99. She was more or less broke. [ Mitch Albom: Ernie and Lulu Harwell get second honeymoon — in heaven ] The turmoil wasn’t seen in public, but privately, it weighed heavily on one of Michigan’s most … [Read more...] about Ernie Harwell’s estate drained by family infighting
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Andrea Mandell and Lorena Blas USA TODAY Published 9:36 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 Stars dying without wills? It's a notion that's difficult to grasp, particularly when musicians' estates often continue to generate significant revenue after their deaths. Yet in some cases, famous faces were just like a lot of us, and despite their millions, put shoring up their finances on the back burner. Aretha Franklin may have been the latest star to pass away without a trust or will, with her four sons filing a document this week in Michigan's Oakland County Probate Court listing themselves as interested parties in her estate, while her niece Sabrina Owens asked the court to appoint her as personal representative of the estate. We don't yet know the fallout of Franklin's financial scenario, but here's a look at celebrities who died without wills in place – and the dramas that ensued. More: Aretha Franklin didn't leave a will; … [Read more...] about 7 legendary stars who died without wills: Aretha Franklin, Prince and more
This is an opinion column. Ben W. Wilson's mother was a slave. This year's 26th reunion of the descendants of the Alabama sharecropper and his wife, Alice, didn't quite attract the turnout of previous family gatherings in the Auburn-Opelika area. Ben Woodson, 80, a grandson of the patriarch who now lives in Southaven, Mississippi, attended the reunion on the last weekend in July. "Everybody was not there I thought shoulda been there," he says. Charlie Core, 73, one of Woodson's many, many, many great-grandchildren, wasn't there. Not this time. "I just didn't have the desire to go," he says. "I'm not angry at anybody. It's just lost some of the importance." Blame it all on the doozy of a family feud that has pulled at these blood relatives for 15 years. Longer really. It's the kind of dispute that's likely occurring in hundreds of families across Alabama, and throughout the South, as heirs wrestle of land passed down by ancestors, particularly once rural properties that now may be worth … [Read more...] about 40 acres and a feud: an Alabama family’s 15-year fight over a sharecropper ancestor’s land
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When Bob Alberti's cousins learned that his grandmother had died without a will, they descended on the house to take what they wanted -- even unwrapping unmarked Christmas presents. It gave him a firsthand look at how greedy family members can take advantage when there isn't a plan in place. "I learned a lasting lesson then: Do your family a favor and make a will," Alberti, of Minneapolis, said of his childhood experience. As the nation's 76 million baby boomers age, more families are being faced with how to divide personal belongings. Adding to the challenge: There are more family members in the mix because of changing family dynamics, most often because of divorce. Wills often cover the transfer of cash, property and stock, but often skip over who gets household possessions. That can cause emotions to run high over who gets Grandma's pearl necklace or Dad's fishing pole. Disagreements over who gets what can lead to bawling and brawling between siblings that can scar relationships … [Read more...] about Dividing up heirlooms can be touchy