When Barry White died on the 4th of July 2003, at the age of 58, he left behind 2 ex- wives, a long term lover and 9 children.
Unfortunately for Barry's long term lover, Katherine Denton, Barry had failed to update his Will at the time of his death. Whilst he had been separated from his second wife, Glodean James, for many years, they had never actually divorced. As Barry had not updated his Will, his multi-million dollar estate went automatically to Glodean James, his second wife. Katherine Denton, Barry's long term lover and mother of his one year old child, received nothing.
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Barry had been known to indulge Katherine with lavish gifts. Katherine claimed that Barry had led her to believe that she would be sorted financially for life. This resulted in a lengthy court case as Katherine sued Glodean, Barry's second wife for a share of the estate. During the case Katherine Denton's credibility was damaged by DNA testing, proving that her one year old daughter was not fathered by Barry White. Katherine eventually walked away with the couple's $2million home. Considerably less than Barry's estimated $20million estate.
It was also reported that a dispute arose between Barry's first wife and Barry's second wife, over who was due the largest share of his estate.
This illustrates the need to update your Will when your circumstances change. If complications occur in the form of a separation from your spouse or civil partner you should update your Will to reflect this accordingly. Technically, by law you will still be formally married and this may result in your estate passing to your separated spouse on your death. This may not be your desired conclusion for your assets.
Everybody wants to protect their assets for the benefit of their loved ones. People are motivated to provide for their children throughout their lives and want what is best for them. Many people will draft a Will hoping to ensure that the assets that they have worked hard to acquire during their lifetime, are passed on to their children and chosen beneficiaries after their death.
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