Amy Winehouse Had Millions -- But No Will
Winehouse's Estate Is Worth More Than $4 Million, and Her Father Is Now in Charge of It
Is it surprising that Amy Winehouse, who died of accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27 last July, didn't have a will? Maybe, maybe not … but it is definitely unfortunate, for it means that, ultimately, the late singer will have had no say in where the money she earned will go.
A report at Forbes.com estimates Winehouse's estate at $4.66 million after taxes and debts, and because the singer was apparently not into estate planning, she left no will.
That means her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she reportedly still had feelings for, is out of luck. Ditto for her brother, or anyone else she might have specifically chosen to be on the receiving end of some cash.
The money magazine points out Winehouse may have set up a trust (though it's unlikely) and may have had a life insurance policy that would mean a certain amount would be disbursed directly to someone she chose.
But the lack of a will ultimately means that her parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, will inherit her estate, with her father acting as the estate administrator.
That doesn't appear to be a bad thing; Winehouse was reportedly close to her family, who had tried for years to help her get clean and sober.
Still, it's a lesson for everyone: don't you ultimately want to be the one who decides who gets all the stuff you've worked so hard for (not to mention who gets your kids!) ? Putting your life in order can help to prevent years of legal wrangling, family fights and wasted attorney fees once its over.