5 celebrities who messed up their wills

You may not have millions, but you can still learn a few lessons about how to protect your heirs from potentially nasty estate battles.

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Aug 21, 2013 9:26PM
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3prong, you are missing something about this story. The convicted felon Mr. Marshall was NOT the son of Mr. Astor, whose grandfather, John Jacob Astor had earned the money. However, Mrs. Astor left her son 5 million plus the income from a 60 million dollar remaindered trust. Apparently this was not good enough for him, so he changed the will illegally so that more would go to him and his MUCH younger wife, and NOT to the charities which Brooke Astor chose. The good guy in all of this is Mrs. Astor's grandson, who apparently had nothing to gain, but could not stand the injustice of his father swindling his aged grandmother. Read some of the history behind the story. Mr. Marshall got what he deserved---old age in prison.

Aug 22, 2013 9:51AM
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3prong,an estate should go to those that deserve it. Children who are on drugs, who have abandon their parents, in jail,etc don't deserve a dime.
Aug 22, 2013 11:46AM
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"The son who was convicted of defrauding her was fathered by her second husband, Charles Marshall."
YOU GOT IT WRONG!!!
Her son was from her first husband...She married her first husband, (1897–1964), shortly after her seventeenth birthday, on April 26, 1919, Astor had one child with Dryden Kuser, , born in 1924. Her second husband, whom she married in 1932, was Charles Henry "Buddy" Marshall (1891–1952). In 1942, Anthony Dryden Kuser, then 18 years old, changed his name to . He was not adopted but looked up to his stepfather so much he changed his last name
Aug 21, 2013 8:27PM
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Here we go again with more celebrity lists from MSN's shallow managing editors, and now showing up within the site's money category. PLEASE, can you start giving your readers some extra respect with content that focuses less on what kind of cereal famous people eat in the morning? 
Aug 27, 2013 3:12PM
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I'm getting ready to write our wills with the help of Suze Orman--really it didn't cost that much money and I think that I might save my kids a lot of grief.  My dad knew the rules in the State that he died in Thank God--under a certain cash limit-- no taxes, no need for a will.  He had everything in writing and spoke to me about his wishes. We need to be ready for the inevitable at all times.

  

Aug 27, 2013 10:10AM
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Where the high priced lawyers and estate planners when they were writing the will?
Aug 22, 2013 8:17AM
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If you mess up ...Then die. WOW .... Our Government... The US of A will just take it ....Even if its not theirs  to take.......WOW ...Where is all that money going ,because we all know, that our Government can run a  business  and can control money very well......Right !!!!
Aug 27, 2013 3:55PM
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The poor grammer and typing in this article defeated any help it could be.
Aug 28, 2013 12:39AM
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Our members receive a will at additional cost and the attorneys to review them. Why gamble in a game you can play? 

www.legalshield.com 
Aug 22, 2013 4:52AM
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I'm sure Gandolfini was a nice little liberal Democrat,, his family shouldn't think twice about paying all those estate taxes.
Aug 21, 2013 8:56PM
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It should be mandatory that an estate go entirely to the children, no matter what's in a will.. Children have a right to their family legacy. Mrs.Astor didn't even earn the money, yet she denied the children of the man who did, their right to his legacy. And the court upheld it, sickening. I don't blame the son at all.
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