Actress Brittany Murphy died tragically at age 32 a few months ago. Within a day of her passing, celebrity website TMZ reported that Murphy failed to update her will after her marriage to Simon Monjack, her husband of 2 1/2 years. Instead, her will left everything to her mother. The Probate Lawyer Blog’s article about it reminded people that updating wills and trusts after important life changes, like a marriage, is very important . . . even for 32-year olds.
TMZ is now reporting that, according to Monjack, the story wasn’t entirely accurate. While she did have a prior handwritten will naming her mother as her beneficiary, Murphy did update her estate plan after her marriage, complete with a will and trust. Monjack said he asked Murphy to include a provision stating “I am married to Simon Monjack who I have intentionally left out of this will.”
That provision was important because, without it, Monjack may still have inherited some of her assets as a “pretermitted spouse”. By specifically mentioning