Kinkade Case Apparently Headed To Court
Is a Will that you execute by hand when you are "three sheets to the wind" valid? This is an interesting
question and it is one that is going to have to be answered by the courts in the state of California.
A handwriting expert actually used that phrase to describe the state of mind of an individual who
would have penned the last Wills that have been presented by deceased painter Thomas Kinkade's
These sloppily written wills provide Amy Pinto-Walsh with $10 million that is supposed to be used to
develop a museum that would show Kinkade's work. In addition, the documents leave her Kinkade's
place of residence along with another piece of property.
Kinkade's estate has been valued at around $66 million by observers so there would be plenty left for
the rest of his heirs if these Wills were to be deemed valid.
However, Kinkade was legally married at the time of his death though divorce proceedings had been
initiated. Estate planning documents exist that were professionally prepared by attorneys representing
Kinkade and his wife Nanette and they are binding.
Nanette is reportedly going to contend that these holographic Wills were written up when Kinkade
was intoxicated and are not valid because he was not of sound mind when he signed them.
Even if you have no intention of ingesting large quantities of alcohol before drawing up your Will it is
risky to go it alone. The prudent course of action is to sit down and state your wishes in a legally
binding fashion with the assistance of a licensed and experienced Indianapolis estate planning lawyer.
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