Next Avenue: Are handwritten wills valid? Here’s what you can learn from Aretha Franklin

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When the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin died last August, it was believed that she hadn’t prepared any kind of estate plan, including a last will and testament. But now, nine months after her death, three handwritten wills have been found in her home near Detroit; two were in a locked closet and one was stuffed beneath the cushions of a sofa! But are handwritten wills valid?

It’s complicated.

In Franklin’s case, it’s potentially good that a last will and testament has been located stipulating how she wanted assets in her $80 million estate distributed.

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