What’s worse than dying without a will? In the case of John Singleton, it’s dying witha will that hadn’t been updated in 26 years. When he wrote out his will in 1993, he left everything to Justice, his only child. Since then, he’s had six other children. Now the estate is worth around $35-million dollars.
According to California law, unless the unborn children were specifically disinherited in the will when John signed it, they may have a legal claim to a portion of his estate.
Shelia Ward – John’s mom – is the executor of the will. When she filed the paperwork, she listed his assets at around $3-point-8 million dollars. That means that over $30-million is unaccounted for. While no one knows where the money is, it’s possible that John created a trust with assets that don't have to go through probate court. In other words, it's all taken care of outside the will.
- At this point, the kids have all lawyered up. It’s not clear who gets what in the trust because trust documents don’t have to be filed in probate court. The kids could file a separate lawsuit if they have beef over the trust or whatever John created to dispose of the $31-million or if they want to contest the actual will. And get this – a legal fight may not just pit Sheila against her grandkids. It could also pit some of them against the others.