Texas fans of Glen Campbell may have heard that the late singer's will is being contested by three of his children who were not included in it. Campbell, who had Alzheimer's disease, died in August 2017.
The will was filed by his wife and has an interim administrator who was also Campbell's publicist. His lawyers have filed a motion saying that because the court gave him only limited powers, he has been unable to move forward with the estate. The motion also says the challenges to the will have caused delays. There was a deadline for filing the estate inventory on May 8, but that was given a six-month extension to November.
The administrator only has the ability to make mandatory non-discretionary payments and to collect any money that has been paid to the estate. The petition states that estate assets, including future royalties, cannot be accurately valuated without the assistance of professionals. It requests that the administrator be given the power to employ assessors and accountants. It also asks that the people contesting the will certify it to give him an idea of how long his duties will last.
An attorney may be able to assist an executor with issues around estate administration and probate. There are several elements people may want to keep in mind when they prepare a will. If they specifically want to disinherit family members, it may be better to state this in the will so it is clear these are the person's intentions. However, there can be complications if a person suffers from a disease such as Alzheimer's. Depending on when the will was prepared, family members might contest the will on the grounds that the person was subject to undue influence from another family member or friend.
Source: Tennessean, "Glen Campbell estate 'paralyzed' as will contest looms, lawyers say", Walter F. Roche Jr., July 2, 2018