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July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse death: Who inherits?

Amy Winehouse has died: that we know. The question is, who inherits her £10 million fortune?

One possible answer to the speulative question of who gets Amy Winehouse's money is that it's Blake Fielder-Civil:

Even in the presence of a will written pre-marriage which states otherwise the surviving spouse, or ex-spouse, will again be the natural inheritor. Only if, and I repeat only if, there was a new will written post-divorce which specifically left the estate elsewhere would Blake Fielder-Civil not be the natural inheritor of Winehouse’s estate.

The thing is that while a marriage over rides all previous wills, a divorce does not over ride the presumption that the spouse will inherit. So it all depends upon whether Amy Winehouse made a new will, after her divorce, or not.

And of course there's the Amy Winehouse and the 27 Club thing as well. Is this all just nonsense? Or is there really some spike in deaths of musicians at this age: and if there is, is there a reason for it?

Almost all of us go through a wild stage at some point but almost all of us are financially constrained when we do. Not so for those who earn millions in their teens or soon after. That spike in the death rate at age 27 can thus be seen as a marker of how long unconstrained excess takes to kill.

Could be, maybe, maybe not. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if it were true.


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Don't quote me but I believe that the divorce would represent a 'change of circumstances' which would nullify the old will and leave her intestate. Next of kin will benefit -- after the government, banks, lawyers etc have taken their huge cuts.

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