Aaron Carter died without a Will - leaving the state of California to decide who would inherit his assets.
Aaron Carter was a former child pop singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter. You may also know him for his roles on “Lizzie McGuire'' on Disney Channel and “7th Heaven,” which debuted on The WB Television Network. He also appeared on his family’s reality series on E! Entertainment Television, “House of Carters.”
Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 34. According to this article from CNN, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they responded to a call for help at Carter’s Lancaster, California home on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where a deceased person was found at the scene. Authorities gave no information about a possible cause of death.
Carter also has an 11-month-old son, Prince. He died without a Will, meaning the state of California will decide who will inherit his assets. The mother of his child is now at war with his family over her late fiance's estate, a source has exclusively told The U.S. Sun. This mistake is being made time and time again by celebrities.
Though he did not have a Will, he was planning on selling his home before his death
Aaron's lawyer urged him to make a Will, particularly after the birth of his 11-month-old son Prince. However, he put it off, resulting in this mess. Dying without an estate plan not only puts your family at risk but allows your local state laws on intestacy to determine who qualifies as your heir and inherits your probated assets. In Aaron’s case, he passed away unmarried with a child, who is a minor.
Under many states, if a person is survived by their spouse and children of that marriage, that surviving spouse shall have priority to receive under intestacy laws. However, if a person passes away unmarried, with children, those children shall be entitled to everything.
Who inherited Aaron Carter’s estate?
Carter’s representative confirmed on December 5, 2022, that Carter’s son Prince, who was one year old at the time of his death, will inherit his $550,000 estate. “In California, the order of inheritance — when there is one parent who dies without a will — starts with the deceased individual’s child, followed by the surviving parent,” Carter’s representative told HollywoodLife “Aaron’s mom Jane and his family decided that his entire estate, which is roughly $550,000, will go to his son Prince. This is also what Aaron would want.”
TMZ also reported that Prince will most likely inherit Carter’s house, which was on sale at the time of his death, and any equity the sale brings in. TMZ reported that the $550,00 includes both Carter’s real estate and personal properties, according to the probate documents. Jane Carter, Aaron’s mother, also told TMZ at the time that the family agreed Prince should inherit Carter’s estate because they want to make sure the child is financially taken care of as he becomes older.
Creating an estate plan allows you to determine who shall receive what asset and the amounts of shares you wish to distribute.
Planning for the future is not only needed for celebrities. Everyone should make sure they have an updated estate plan in case the unexpected happens. Don’t leave a mess for your family. Begin planning with us now before it’s too late.
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