Celebrity Estate Planning News: Hemsley Will Contested
We like to pass along news about the estate planning successes and failures of celebrities from time to
time, and there is an interesting situation unfolding around the estate of the recently deceased
comedic actor Sherman Hemsley.
The disposition of his estate is being held up in a Texas probate court while the judge hears a challenge
that has been presented by a Philadelphia man named Richard Thornton who claims to be Hemsley's
Hemsley did record his wishes via the use of a last will before he died on July 24 of 2012. He left
everything to his live-in partner of a decade Flora Enchinton. In all Ms. Enchinton says that she knew
the deceased actor for some 20 years.
During this long relationship the existence of a brother was never mentioned by Sherman Hemsley.
When he was drawing up this last will he apparently had no concerns about anyone showing up to
Unfortunately for Enchinton everything is being stalled while the probate court in El Paso makes its
This is an instructive case and it underscores the need to work with a good estate planning lawyer
when you are arranging for the transfer of your assets after you pass away.
You must also be sure that you share every relevant detail with your attorney. We do not know the
truth regarding Thornton, but if Sherman Hemsley did in fact have a potentially litigious brother this is
something that he should have mentioned to his attorney.
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