The movie Apocalypse Now has a famous scene with bombs exploding as the Doors song “The End” plays in the background. Everyone knows the scene. I imagine that the scene is probably a fairly accurate portrayal of what happened when Morrison’s estate was finally settled.
Morrison had a longtime girlfriend and he wanted her to benefit from his property after he passed away. However, if she was not going to benefit from the property, then he wanted it to go to his family. He left a Will that stated that his entire estate should go to the girlfriend, if she survived him by at least 90 days. If she did not, then his estate would go to his other heirs, his family. Well, the girlfriend did survive for the 90 days, but she died almost immediately after that. The property was never used for her benefit, but became part of her estate, which she left to her family.
Needless to say, Morrison’s family was not happy about how things ended up, but there was nothing that they could do about it. Morrison should have chosen a different estate planning method. Several would have worked.
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