Amy Winehouse, the British soul singer who died recently and tragically at age 27, demonstrated the importance of preparing a will.
Under British law, her estate would have passed to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, in the absence of a post-divorce will, according to Forbes. Fielder-Civil, who reportedly introduced Winehouse to hard drugs, is currently serving a 32-month sentence for burglary and possession of an imitation firearm.
Instead, Winehouse’s estate (estimated to be at least $16 million) will pass to her father, mother, and brother, msn.com reports.
Her father has announced plans to establish a foundation in Winehouse’s name to assist those struggling with addiction.
Winehouse’s will shows the truth of an old estate planning adage: if you don’t like the law’s default estate plan, prepare your own.