It is always sad to see a person pass away at a young age under any circumstances and perhaps we really shouldn't place celebrities on such a pedestal.Everyone's life is precious, and all people have something to contribute to society and there is no way of knowing what any given young person who dies an untimely death may have been able to achieve.
The above having been stated, many lovers of music were especially saddened to hear about the death of British singer Amy Winehouse. She was found dead in her London home on July 23rd at the tender age of 27. She joins what is called the “27 Club” along with a number of other musical artists who passed away when they were just 27, including Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and others.
Fortunately for the family that she left behind, Amy Winehouse had an ironclad estate plan in place. Winehouse had been formerly married to a fellow named Blake Fielder-Civil who is presently serving time in prison on burglary charges. They got divorced in 2009, but under British law he may been in line to receive an inheritance from the Winehouse estate had she not taken the appropriate steps to prevent it by executing the correct estate planning documents.
The case of Amy Winehouse underscores the reason why it is important for people of all ages to have a current estate plan in place. And once you do that, you must recognize the fact that updates to the plan are going to be necessary when certain life-changing events occur, and divorce is certainly one of these events. If you are convinced but don't know exactly where to begin, the wise course of action would be to get in touch with an experienced estate planning lawyer to arrange for a free consultation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alan L Augulis
Experienced estate planning attorneys of the Augulis Law Firm offer estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Warren, NJ.