We have seen it time and time again: celebrities who pass away with no will or an outdated will. Last week, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away. If the reports are true, she also passed away with no will. Unfortunately, there are a long list of celebrities who did not pre-plan or effectively update their estate. Aretha Franklin joins the ranks of Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Prince, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, Sonny Bono and James Brown just to name a few. Ultimately what happens is that the family has to go to court for a judge to decide what to do with their estate. This process is time consuming, costly and emotionally draining. Don't be like Aretha Franklin and so many others who do nothing to prepare for the future. Call our office today at 508-994-5200 to schedule your consultation with one of our etsate planning and elder law specialists!