When Glen Campbell passed away, he intentionally left three of his children from his second marriage out of his wills. These children have just won a court decision allowing them to proceed with a challenge, reports Wealth Management.com in the article “Glen Campbell’s Kids Come After the Rhinestone Cowboy’s Estate.”
The two wills at the heart of the case are from 2001 and 2006. The 2006 will names Campbell’s fourth wife Kimberly, who is the executor of the estate, and five of Campbell’s other children as his beneficiaries. Campbell went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011, but it’s not known when he began to decline. The legal burden facing his children: prove that he lacked the needed capacity to execute his wills. If the 2006 will is deemed invalid because of lack of capacity or undue influence, the immediately preceding will is resurrected.
It was also reported that one of his daughters, Debbie Campbell-Cloyd, has filed for a complete accounting of all payments made by the estate, as well as payments to and from a previously undisclosed bank account. She alleges that royalties that should have been deposited into an account controlled by Campbell’s estate, were instead deposited into an account controlled by Campbell’s widow.
Children from multiple marriages make estates complicated, even if you aren’t a legendary country music singer. For blended families, estate planning that includes family meetings can sometimes help prevent misunderstandings and estate battles.