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Days before legendary director John Singleton was taken off life support after suffering a massive stroke, his mother and daughter waged a war for control over his money. Last week, Sheila Ward (inset) filed a request asking to become a temporary conservator of her son's estate since he was incapable of making decisions "while he is incapacitated."

But the director's daughter, Cleopatra, disputed the claim, saying her father was not in a coma. The college sophomore claimed Ward was "misrepresenting" the seriousness of her father's condition.

Now Ward, who handled her son's business affairs while he was alive, has produced a signed will and testament, leaving the bulk of his estate worth $35 million to her.

According to TMZ, Ward plans to file the will with the probate court.

On August 26, 2003, Singleton was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in film. The legendary director posed with his children (L-R) Massai, Justice, Cleo, his mother Sheila Ward, grandmother Audrey Smith and his dad Danny Singleton.

Singleton posed with the oldest of his seven children (L-R) Justice, Hadar, Cleopatra, and Massai in a photo dated April 2006.

Photos by Margery Epstein/ WENN, Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    $35 mil? ? “where the cash at, where the stash at?” *in my Biggie voice* that doesn’t sound right?????

  • Phillybruh

    I know she glad she found that she was about to be ass out.

  • Hazel

    It's strange that he would leave his estate to his mother given he has 7 kids! Moreover, it's disgusting that she would actually take it. She should take enough to live comfortably, and put the rest in a trust for the kids....

  • Trace da Ace

    wow....I think all of the money should be split among his children evenly...and the mother can keep property and other stuff....but the babies need to have that money....period. I hope the mother does not do them wrong.....

  • Jasmine ????

    She must be the best equipped to handle things.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Hazel

    It doesn't say she is the executor. It says she is the beneficiary.

  • Jasmine ????

    Oh I see. It seems messy.

  • iWasteTime

    His momma has been handling his business for 25 years and she's only asking for temporary, probably in an attempt to close up business and secure more money.
    Why is a 19 year old in a battle over anything. Why is that what is on her mind. Your father hasn't been dead a week.

  • bemetoo

    35mil seems a little small something ain’t right about this

  • Topic Influencer

    Fukkery. But sounds like he chose it. Oh well. RIP.

  • T865!

    Cleo looks special ?

  • Pamela

    I thought his mama was his sister/wife. She looks much younger than him.

  • Yardgirl

    Said the same thing!!!!

  • Pamela

    His mama better holler at Ms Katherine Jackson. She'll tell her how it's done and how to handle them kids.

  • Oh Tommie

    Seems like his estate should be worth waaayyy more than $35 mil ?

  • andrice

    In most any state, the children would be the heirs...not the mother....

  • Alextra Ballard

    Dammm,who came up wiff those churn names? His mom and dad looks good.

  • Beloved Jordan

    Ok

  • Curtis

    Most men feel comfortable leaving control of their estate to their moms. Moms know best. Them wives have been kicking our moms to the curb when we are gone. Steve mcnair mom is a good example.

  • Yardgirl

    I hope mom does the right thing and take care of the children by setting up a trust fund for each of them.

  • T865!

    Hey that’s my cousin! Yep, it was very sad how she did her.

  • Pamela

    The momma will likely do the right thing by them kids. Question is will the babymmammas behave and stay in their lanes?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    This could get ugly. Money just brings out the worst in people.
    Family relationships have been destroyed over $100,000, or less. Even more so if there's $35 million involved.

  • Curtis

    Mom recieved the bulk of 35m so basically the kids have theirs. What I give to my mom is hers not for my nephews and nieces and my kids.

  • Alextra Ballard

    So mom is the beneficiary of his life insurance policy,therefore she alone will receive his death benefits. Now his mom wants conservatorship over his estate as well. But what about his kids? I hope mom plays fair and split his shidt equally.

  • Alextra Ballard

    This finna get ugly jess like Nip...maybe even worss

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If I remember correctly, Steve McNair didn't leave a will though, so his wife automatically had the right to manage his estate. If he wanted other arrangements, he should have put his wishes in writing. That's where he messed up.

  • Yardgirl

    That's why you have to put the money in a trust fund, that way no one can live it up on their inheritance. Turn it over at 21 and they have a solid financial future.

  • 9 Mind

    Looking at his mom and dad like" how ya'll look younger than the son"?

  • iWasteTime

    That is the case if there is nothing in writing

  • HaitianFlower

    Some men are absolute mama’s boy. Women ‘chose’ to bear their children...I guess 0oo. mama Singleton bout to hold a strong purse string on them kids and baby moms tho?????

  • xxxgracious

    Oooo you going str8 to hell ???

  • Yardgirl

    The write up did not say the kids got theirs. In a perfect world that was what transpired if not mom has to do the right thing

  • HaitianFlower

    Well, I’m tryna not to say it lol. Women popping kids for these men better wake up

  • KcoolMuziq

    John(whom I first worked with on "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story")I last saw him a couple of years ago at a ULTRA private SAG conference screening, of his now cancelled BET short lived 2007 Rebel (TV Series) .

  • Maxx

    Why his Dad look like his son tho? RIP John Singleton. Thanks for having a vision to show black folks in all our glory, the good, the bad, the trials, the errors, and the growth.

  • Anonymouse

    This is what happens when men don’t grow up, get married and take care of their family. Plain and simple.

  • Curtis

    Sorry about that, I was so mad when she lost her home. I wish he had a crystal ball.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Most likely because he was sick....if you look at his most recent pics, the areas around his eyes are telling.

  • Strappyheels

    Huh

  • ShelbyMoore

    Would it be strange if he had left it to his wife? Bet not. Why is there an issue if he left the "bulk" (not all) of the money to his mother? Would it have been better if he left it to the baby mamas?

    Given that the "bulk" of the money was left to his mother, I can only assume that he left something to his children.

  • ShelbyMoore

    If you die intestate...he died with a will, so he can decide who he wants to leave the money to. I don't get what the issue is with the man leaving money to his mother. It said "bulk", it doesn't say all...so the kids obvi have to be getting something. And, I'm more than certain when his mother dies, she would be leaving something to each of his kids (except Cleo cause she wouldn't get shat).

  • 9 Mind

    I mean he didn't look bad or old but he looks like he's in the same age group as his parents. In other words his parents look good for their age.

  • ShelbyMoore

    He died with a will...how ugly can it really get? It's not like he died intestate.

  • GirlSixx

    They all do a little bit. I think they got it from their daddy. Got rest his soul but he was never considered A HANDSOME man.

  • GirlSixx

    *God*

  • ShelbyMoore

    Thank you, Curtis. I can't believe how many people think it's an issue for the man to leave money to his mother. I hope when I do have a son, he doesn't run into women like those cause I couldn't imagine a woman trying to force my son to choose between his mother and her as$ when women come and go every day.

  • Overpower Radio

    How did you get that out of this? John Singleton needed to grow up? Married for what? John Singleton didn't take care of his family, because his left his fortune to his mother?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    How old is this will that he didn’t leave his kids nothing? Maybe the will leaves something to everyone but the mom is in charge of the estate idk

  • GirlSixx

    FACTS!! but the children can tie her and the money up in probate court if they want to. In which it usually forces the person holding the purse $$ to share it.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    LORDT... PLEASE forgive me BUT... That girl in the pic with the greenish blue sweatshirt looks JUST like her papi ??

  • ShelbyMoore

    Child!!!! What is wrong with these people? I wouldn't want my son to meet any of them. SMH.

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/29HRejgahYenVsohB5/giphy.gif

  • Overpower Radio

    It looks like he thinks we're supposed to be impressed he got a secret to tell and wonder what it is. IDK ?? ?

  • Gamer?? Chick
  • Society has changed

    I’m just perplexed with Ikey Turner in the background....

  • iWasteTime

    He left a copy of the will his business manager. His momma.
    This 19 year old, the BM of his 1 year old and his father need to fall back.
    The older kids are cool and aren't bucking.

  • Prince Zuko

    It should go to his kids point blank period

  • Overpower Radio

    I wonder how that's gonna work out if mother is really stingy with it. If it's her money, she doesn't owe anybody child support. His baby mother can't sue a dead man for child support. Can she?

  • Shenanigans1

    The bulk? Mama come on now. Come. On. You know that’s not right!

  • Gamer?? Chick

    LOL I just caught that.

  • Topic Influencer

    I am a mom. I am leaving my little bit of money to my oldest daughter who is now 24. Even when I was married, and they were minors, it was going to my children... by way of my sister. I am currently not married but my mama is not even in the equation. What worked for John might not work for everyone. But I feel when you have children they come first.

  • andrice

    That's what I meant. That was inferred. Ultimately, as a complete stranger, I have no vested interest in the outcome. I find no reason to speak on a family dynamic of which I'm totally ignorant.

  • Overpower Radio

    True that's' probably what it was. If he's not married and his oldest child is in college ..aside from any trust fund he might have in place for them, I can see why he would leave his money to a "responsible" member of the family ..his mother.

  • Shenanigans1

    I think his last was Cleopatra. Fun fact, she is the baby that Jody and Peanut share in Baby Boy. His middle child is with Nettie from the color purple.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He was divorced, so it's not like he'd want his ex-wife to be in charge of this. And apparently he left his mom the majority of his fortune in his will . As long as he left money for his kids too, then I'd say he did take care of family.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    No I feel like he should have left money to his mother father and kids and if he was married and the woman is NOT the kids mother leave money to the wife mother kids and father ????? That’s just me that’s how I would have done it. I don’t think anyone is saying his mom should have no time gotten anything I think it’s more of how you leave your kids out IF that’s the case

  • Shenanigans1

    Jeez I hope so. If not let’s hope that he already had something secured for them.

  • TheOwley

    If she is the executor of his estate, she should be in possession of his will. Only people listed in the will can have a claim. His minor children cannot be legally left out. A trust will be set for them that pays the mother of those children a monthly stipend as child support until they turn 18.

    Kids over 18 such as Cleopatra have zero nada claims unless John listed them in his will. They can sue the grandmother if they think the will was sighed under duress which is unlikely. So Ms. Cleopatra will likely get nothing. Hopefully Ms. Sheila creates her own will and does not blow that money, should consider putting some of that money in a trust for all of her grandchildren.

    Ms. Cleopatra and the others better behave.

  • Topic Influencer

    Your son wouldnt want to meet me bc he not in my will period either. And this is why. You planning on leaving your scrilla to your mammy and not our damn kids. It dont even have to be left to ME but the bulk needs to go to the children. That is not how that works at all but to each.

  • Ghost

    Wow! I am not married and don’t have any children! All of my final wishes are IN WRITING in a safe deposit box! Even down to wanting to be cremated! I’m no millionaire but I want what I have to go to the persons I choose!

    With these stories today...glad I’ve got everything is order! I don’t believe the mother is going to be fair...she was too quick to run to the courts before he was even dead...smh.
    ?????? That they can at least bury him in peace

  • TheOwley

    His minor children cannot be legally left out so the court will award them a percentage. His adult kids have zero claims unless they were mentioned in the will. Ms. Cleopatra knows it.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Scrilla mammy just took me right on out ?? for a moment I thought I was reading nun b and pimp c lyrics

  • Topic Influencer

    Well Bun is my husband (in my head and heart) since 1995 so...lmaooo.

  • Shenanigans1

    Yeah I agree. She went up to get poa bc he needed to sign some important time sensitive docs. I know that business is business but if my baby boy was laid up in a hospital after having suffered a stroke and was comatose damn some papers.

  • Seldomseen

    When my father died everything went to my mother. However, he had an insurance policy for each of his children, we were the beneficiaries.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    They my cousins on my daddy side (in my mind)

  • HaitianFlower

    These women will have to work and provide for their children(if there’s any minor). The mom doesn’t owe anyone money. Very weird

  • Shenanigans1

    Idk what it is about women from California but all the older women I’ve been around from there look great for their age. A family friends mom is in her 70s and looks like she’s in her late 30s in the face.

  • Topic Influencer

    I love them lol

  • Yardgirl

    The sad reality is that most people are not prepared for death. He was only 51, certainly old enough to know his mortality, but I have seen it time and again people dying without a will. Makes me so sad thinking about the kids.

  • Marlika

    That’s the oldest daughter. ? I said the same thing when I first seen her?

  • 9 Mind

    I guess it's that year around Vitamin D... I need to get out this office and get some sun.

  • Fire & Ice

    Steve's mom lost her home?

  • Shenanigans1

    ...like the mom had nothing to do with it.

  • Shenanigans1

    Do Queenie know that? Lmao. Sorry the country in me slipped out.

  • xenaD

    I’m thinking this is wat hpnd here. I had to reread the story after reading the comments

  • Topic Influencer

    Queenie my sister wife. I was so devestated he up and got married on me. Shew. Im still in shock years later.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Maybe she had an attorney run to the court on this because she could tell that her daughter (or some other family member) would try to make a move to control the estate. I don't blame mama for that. Sometimes somebody has to get establish firm control in a situation like this, before things get messy.
    Of course, it looks like things have gotten messy anyway. ?

  • Marlika

    ? I’m sorry ..... but the family get them tangled eyes from Johns mammy. From her it trickled down.

    Now his mama know good and well she don’t need to the bulk of that estate. Give it to the seven chirren your son has.

    I thought I read something awhile ago bout John and his mammy having a falling out as his business manager a while back.

    You would think by now people would have their affairs in order, especially with chirren. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

  • Curtis

    The wife sold it and threw her out. She was claiming she couldn't afford the up keep.

  • Shenanigans1

    Yeah. I saw both sides up close and personal. My aunt passed in 11, army vet, adoptive mother, all her bills and funeral was covered and my cousin is still living well off the money she left him. He went to a top military school, Was able to attend Howard and is doing well as a freelance photographer. On the other hand My husbands sister passed almost three years ago, and she had no money to be buried. To this day I still don’t know how or if her medical bills are being paid.

  • T865!

    Yep. The Ranch ?

  • Listen2Me

    I hate that this man’s death is being overshadowed by a dispute over money. Most grandparents love their grandchildren more than their own kids (my parents do...LOL). Hopefully she’ll do the right thing by her grandkids.
    I wonder why his daughter felt the need to challenge the grandmother? What’s the daughter’s background?
    Sad nonetheless....

  • Listen2Me

    Did you implement guidelines as to what the your youngest daughter should receive?
    I have two kids also...but the way my son is set up...I had to specify the distribution for each.

  • currvalicious

    So true. Lol....Love OKs as if Cleopatra ( if up to Granny) won't be on the receiving end of anything.

  • Clopretty

    It's so sad how death bring out the ugly in people! Smh

  • Fire & Ice

    Omg! No doubt Steve's wife was angry and bitter towards his family. She probably believes they condoned his behavior. If I'm not mistaken, I think I heard on the news that Steve was taking the chick that killed him, around his mom.

  • currvalicious

    Damn! He has a baby by a 19 yr old?? That's crazy....John should've had his affairs in order. According to one of his BM's, he had a strike last year. So w/that being said, his health & affairs should've been a priority. Especially w/small children.

  • currvalicious

    That's Justice. Her Mother is gorgeous.

  • Shenanigans1

    Hey at least you’re being real and honest

  • TheOwley

    She needs to apologize and make nice with grandma, claim stress, or something. Granma is in full control and she looks young too, so long wait until she herself departs this earth for anybody to see money.

  • WhoKnew

    You are so right. It brings out the true "ugly" character of people. SMH along with ya'.

  • dru and neil

    The daughter needs to step down and show some respect. This is a mother burying her child. This goes against the laws of nature, and now she’s got to deal with a snot nosed grandchild too?

  • currvalicious

    Right? John wasn't aging well at all. Maybe he wasn't taking care of himself

  • dru and neil

    I have to wonder if Cleopatra deserves anything with her behavior being what it is. His mother should be grieving the loss of a child right now, not worrying about a spoiled granddaughter. The granddaughter should have had her grandmothers hand, not reaching for money so soon.

  • JustB

    I cant get over how young his parents look...

  • currvalicious

    Idk about equally, but hopefully the older kids get something they can be comfortable with.

  • currvalicious

    He has 2 minor children. Cleopatra is a young adult.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    If mom handled his business affairs, then he most likely trusted her to distribute the money evenly to his children.

  • Renee26

    His mom looks very young... Prayers for the family

  • WhoKnew

    That's a 16 year old picture.

  • currvalicious

    I don't believe McNair's wife & his Mother had a good relationship when Steve was alive. According to reports, mama McNair was friendly w/a couple of Steve's girlfriends.

  • currvalicious

    Yes. I heard the same thing. Some of his gf's knew & were friendly w/mama McNair... But that was on Steve. Also, his wife knew he was cheating. He wasn't hiding it. He used to stay in a rental apt in the city. While the wife was in the country w/the kids. It was he choice to stay marries under those circumstances.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Blessings and prayers to them on their loss I'm sure they'd rather he be here. I spotted Ike Turner in the picture above.

  • currvalicious

    That's that woman's son, kids be damned! She birthed him into this world. What Mother wouldn't step up to handle her child's affairs.

  • TheOwley

    True. This is not uncommon behavior when the wealthy die and there were so many relying on that person. I would recommend these people say from the jump "if anything happens to me, I've put ..... in charge to handle all my affairs." Then say "trust that person to do right for ensuring my wishes are met." And, be dignified and don't embarrass the family.

  • dru and neil

    Does anyone know what the cause of his stroke was, because it couldn’t have been a pre existing condition if he had zero affairs in order.

  • Michelle Peele

    In the black zebra print shirt? Ike out there looking for his next hit!! Lol

  • Coffee1st

    She handled his affairs and she produced a LW&T I would assume with John's signature. What else is there to discuss.
    John should have really sat all pertinent family members down and let them know exactly how everything would go down in the event of incapacitation or death.
    My dad did. Everybody knows their role and even what they're getting. The will be absolutely no decisions or business to discuss when he passes.

  • Coffee1st

    That's what I'm thinking. I mean, who else was there. There's no wife and his oldest child is still very young. Is it possible to leave everything to the person you trust the most with specific instructions within the testament (that said trusted person had to adhere to) to distribute specific amounts to specific ppl?

  • Coffee1st

    I witnessed with my own eyes three of a man's children bickering over how much land he gave each - right over their father ON HIS DEATH BED.
    Ppl never cease to amaze me.

  • Hazel

    You must be new....pay no attention, it's just what he does...LOL

  • Coffee1st

    You're making way too much sense.
    I think this is really a nothing burger. Those kids will be taken care of. The mom is not doing anything any differently than what she's BEEN doing - taking care of her son's affairs. It's not like she just popped up out of nowhere and said "Step aside! "
    This is a big deal because the daughter is showing her @$$.

  • Yardgirl

    Dang man that sucks! You have to be prepared. My friend’s mother was dying from colon rectal cancer. She kept putting off making a will, would
    not talk about it. She had a couple of rental homes plus the one she was living in. Well she passed no will, 4 grown kids and an abusive husband. That ninja took it all ALL and within a few years lost everything that she worked hard for!! To this day I am shook. Denial in the face of certain death. SMH

  • CCW47

    I believe she is turning his estate over to probate court.

  • Bashi22

    Singleton is a mommy son to the cure

  • facingrealit1

    His ex-wife played Whoopi Goldbergs sister (Nettie - Akosua Busia) in the Color Purple. They have one daughter.

  • R Smith

    LOL...hahahahahahahahah...

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    I did with my only child several times.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    They look younger than him.

  • Ghost

    Let this be a LESSON folks...get your business in order! It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you have put everything in writing, get a will, living will , make sure your checking and savings accounts have a beneficiary, update your life insurance policy..just get it together!

    All this arguing over money after death is just sad and heartbreaking!

  • Ghost

    That is wonderful! All families should do this. My parents had wills when they passed away and me and my siblings did everything they wanted without any arguments! Dealing with their deaths was bad enough.

  • luVn_liFe…

    Mama looks young!

  • Judge Mental Will

    Damn his parents look young! Dad could get it. The mom look like the type that would steal money out a dude wallet. Yep reminds me of my granny.

  • imright

    now why would this lady think she deserves more money than his children ? selfish & greedy ?

  • Zeta Aggie

    I’m sure trusts are established for the kids especially since they are minors. She may be Trustee though.
    Most parents don’t allow kids to be in control of their funds until age 35. That’s standard.

  • Zeta Aggie

    That’s correct. Even without a will, if there is no spouse, it falls to the parents. I’m sure his will establishes trusts for all his children.

  • dontgetblocked

    If his mother has the documents and handled his business affairs, the lil 19-year old daughter needs to shut her smart azz mouth. Ain't nobody going to hand a teenager 35 million dollars. His mother will make sure all of his children and loved ones are properly cared for. This generation is really out of line.

  • Lady_Elle

    If that is what is in the will.... but the will can be challenged.

  • Zeta Aggie

    That’s up to your Executor. You might consider a corporate trustee.

  • dontgetblocked

    The grandmother will make sure all of the loved ones are taken care of. A 19-year old will squander the money.

  • dontgetblocked

    Hello!

  • Zeta Aggie

    Actually yes his minor children can be legally left out. You are under no legal requirements in any state to provide for your children at death.

  • Zeta Aggie

    He likely established trusts through his will for the kids. Mom is probably Trustee though.

  • Lady_Elle

    I thought I read he had high blood pressure.

  • Zeta Aggie

    If it was done properly, it will find trusts for his kids and also likely for his mom as well. A $35 MM estate must also pay estate taxes. Hopefully he has enough sense to set things up properly to limit the government payout.

    Grandma can be the Trustee for the kids trusts but pretty much it woks one as Singleton directed. If it’s airtight there’s no contesting the will.

  • Lady_Elle

    I believe that not being listed was also grounds to contest a will.
    I believe John would not have left ALL of his children out of the will.

  • Malificent

    She’s a grandmother why wouldn’t she want his children to inherit his estate ?. They’re blood smh.

  • JesusSidePEACE

    Lol..

  • Malificent

    Hopefully she does right by her grandkids

  • Anonymouse

    I know that. My point is that why is his mother so involved in his affairs? To the point that one of his children felt the need to petition for control? To me, that speaks volumes that he didn’t do what he was supposed to do as a man. His mother was basically calling the shots. That’s ridiculous to me.

  • Anonymouse

    If you have to ask, then you seriously don’t understand how a family should operate. The minute you get married and have children, you leave your parents and take care of your family. Even if you don’t get married, your children should come before your parents. That’s the natural order of things. If he’d done a good job as a father, he shouldn’t be worried about what his children will do with the money. He should trust that they would do what he taught them. But in this case, at 51, why is his mother still so involved in his affairs? Something is very wrong with that.

  • Anonymouse

    This. This is part of what I was trying to say.

    Things were clearly out of order with his family hence the mess that’s here for us to discuss lol....

  • Anonymouse

    Why is that the automatic assumption?

    There are 19 year olds running very successful businesses.

    Bottom line, how your children turn out comes down to how you raise them.

  • Anonymouse

    No, that’s not true.

  • Anonymouse

    No, she doesn’t. That’s her father so she has a say.

    And what kind of 19 year olds are you around that you think they cannot possible by fiscally responsible? How children trim out is a reflection of how they were raised.

  • StoneColdLady

    IF the child is 19 now, depending on when the will was drafted; she COULD NOT be in charge of his estate. His mother was also his business partner and likely the person he TRUSTED to handle his affairs if something happened to him.

  • Hazel

    Often money is given in stages....18, 21, to cover life events like college and marriage etc. There is no standard. It's up to the individual. Some are even given as a monthly stipend (for those kids with credit/spending issues)

  • Hazel

    You can't generalize. I inherited money at 19. I bought a car and a condo that I still have 30 years later as an investment property. My older sister squandered hers immediately.

  • Malificent

    Probably not which is why he had the stroke

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Right lol

  • StoneColdLady

    He has 7 children by how many women and some are minors? His mother has been his business partner for 25 years, why wouldn’t she be in charge of his affairs after his death? Isn’t this the same daughter who said her father’s condition wasn’t that bad?

  • Zeta Aggie

    I do estate and financial planning. Yes, it’s up to the individual but the standard or the norm is 35 for a beneficiary to become sole-Trustee. Funds belong to the Trust- not the individual.

    Money is given per the terms of the instrument or the document. There are “luxury” trusts which means the bene can pretty much get whatever they want, or some that specify income only etc etc. It depends.

  • T865!

    Mothers don’t get involved with their children’s affairs especially when he’s footing the bill.

  • Hazel

    That's my point. It depends on the stipulations set forth in the document. I've been the beneficiary of trusts, the executor of trusts, and have created my own. They were all different.

  • Zeta Aggie

    What isn’t true? For most irrevocable trusts, yes it is. You think testamentary trusts are excluded? What state are you referencing? Usually estate planning guidelines are the same under the Uniform Trust Code. Are you in a weird state like Hawaii or Louisiana?

  • Topic Influencer

    Yes. 50/50. And oldest in charge of distributing it to her sister. It's not much. And I know oldest gonna do right by it. They 10 years apart. She think she the youngest mama anyways?

  • Zeta Aggie

    I said it was the standard or the norm. I’ve seen it in 90% of documents. I didn’t say that’s what was in his will. That’s not public record although his Will will be once it’s been probated. I’m sure some media outlet will obtain a copy and the Trust stipulations will be stated, including when the beneficiaries may become sole- Trustee and who is in charge of the Trust prior to that date.

  • TheWildChild

    I know his family personally ? Sheila is a straight forward no-BS type of woman. Just like her mom, beautiful woman inside and out. I feel she will be fair, John had a thing for trifling women ? except for Akousa ?

  • TheOwley

    First thing, how old is that will. He had time between feeling bad and lapsing into a coma. If that will was done that time, the kids can site stress, etc. Secondly, they would have to prove undue influence by the mother. Even then, it's a tough to prove. Lastly, minor children will be OK. Children over 18 are entitled to absolutely nothing, hard to believe but true, you are not entitled to your parent's money whether they have $100 or $1 billion. They have to be in the will and only the deceased makes that decision. They can contest all they want. But like I said, it's hard to believe he would have left them with nothing.

  • TheOwley

    That sounds very reasonably.

  • Hazel

    Good article. My trust experiences have always been within my family, so the only need for discretion is my final word. If it's not in the doc, the answer is 'no'; no exceptions.....they get over it and stop begging...

  • Cricket404

    Those are random children not heirs to the throne. He was only married to Akusua and Hadar is his only legitimate heir.

  • TheOwley

    No, the deceased does not escape child support via death. Obviously if the person is dirt poor, you can't squeeze blood out of that turnip. But if you have considerable wealth, your estate is under that obligation to continue CS until age 18, plus college costs. Momma does not get to keep it all. Look it up and let me know if I'm wrong on this. Look at what's happening with XXXtantacious. Without a will, that child inherits his entire estate. There is no a bit here and there for his family, the kid gets it all which is why they are in panic mode.

  • TheOwley

    A stroke can also happen on it's own and to anyone. You can have a very healthy 21 year old that took a 6 hour flight, get off, and stroke out in the taxi. Cause: most likely a blood clot that traveled to his brain. You could be 90 with high BP and never have had a stroke. It depends on the health of individuals. JS had high BP which is a risk factor. I think Sandra has posted info on strokes. Strokes don't care how old or healthy you are.

  • D-MoneyfromMaine

    How do you know the mother will make sure all of his children and loved ones are properly cared for?

  • Missy

    She sure did in 2003.

  • Miss Thang

    Lol

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I hope so or else those children better sue the Big a$$ Drawls off their Granny???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Got a question... Does your sis ask you to loan her money?? ??

  • Shenanigans1

    Wow! We have insurance as well as investments strictly for our kids. It’s not funny when your kids or (good) spouse is left high and dry. Nor is it funny when nobody can bury you.

  • Zeta Aggie

    Lol

  • Eileen

    You are so right. The mother knows how to handle the business not some bratty lil millenial or whatever they call themselves. Legtimate kids fare betterr than random ones in the courts they might get a piece but not the whole slice. women stop having these kids when noone is gonna marry yo behind..smh

  • Jussjess25

    Wtf are you talking about.. this is not 1900’s england. Those were all his children and he is responsible for them even in death. If he were legally married currently that would be different. The mothers of those children can sue his estate.

  • Jussjess25

    Greed prolly

  • Jussjess25

    Your right but sometimes you never know if the elders will do the right thing.

  • Jussjess25

    What would you have done with 35milli at 19 in the year 2019?? Seriously asking.

  • Fire & Ice

    Yeah she was resentful towards his family.

  • dru and neil

    I’m diabetic and the doctor told me I’m at risk for strokes when I was first diagnosed. I was heavier at the time and have since lost the weight, but I still worry. They still have me on the blood pressure meds. This is pretty scary when I hear about young people having strokes all of a sudden. I wonder if there was ever any cause for Luke Perry’s strike couple months ago.

  • dru and neil

    I need to watch my own!

  • dru and neil

    Let’s be real for a moment, most 19 year olds would not be responsible with the money, just saying. And maybe if she treated her grandmother with respect as her elder, she’s get a little further. Her grandmother after all, is burying her child. I watched my grandmother carefully at my mothers funeral, my normally spry and energetic grandmother could barely walk, could barely move, she was so grief stricken. She’s 87. It doesn’t matter. That’s still a mother burying a child.

  • TheOwley

    Stay well. The body is a complex apparatus and these days, it can break down on anyone.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yew are sew right...sometimes responsible adults dew irresponsible shidt...the money needs tew go in a trust

  • Overpower Radio

    O.k. I have a better understanding of your perspective. The family dynamic is important. I agree that what you're saying is ideal.

    Its just unfortunate the divorce is common, children developing a sense of entitlement, men/women having children with multiple partners ...I just need thought to say, "yall need to grow up," to that. Now that I understand what you mean, I don't object. It definitely takes maturity and self discipline.

  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins

    Yes he was married to the girl for Color Purple she played Celie's sister Nettie!!!!!! I totally forgot that!!!

  • Jonnell High

    so true

  • SunRiseBlossom

    LMBO!!!!!!!

  • Hazel

    Once. I gave it, she didn't pay me back...never asked again.

  • red

    And the daughter said the mom abandoned him. He was probably raised by the grandparents because his parents look young.

  • Zeta Aggie

    Well estates are settled after a time. Doesn’t remain that way. But some states do allow you to disinherit children. Assets either go outright to beneficiaries or go in trust.

    Without a will it goes to courts and after they take their fees it’s surprising if anything is left at all. That’s the worse case scenario. But he has a will.

  • Zeta Aggie

    Yes it’s your final instructions carried out even when you’re no longer here. I think more people need to consider them.

  • Moon Lee

    Hopefully grandma will do the right thing. Set up a trust for each of his children. Obviously he did trust her! ?

  • Jordan’s Memory

    His mom and grandma must be drink from the fountain of youth because they look gracefully young. I wonder if someone put into the daughters head to fight for that cash, you know like an ignorant boyfriend. I would think if mom already handled his affairs before he passed that he would trust that she would do the right thing in the event that he passed.

  • TheOwley

    There would have to be some conditions for disinheriting someone, specifically if the decedent wanted that and made it clear to the executor. For example the person is on drugs, is in jail, or they didn't have to do anything. The executor is the driver but cannot violate the terms of the will. If the person is on the will, the executor of the estate cannot disinherit.

  • Let them eat cake

    thats because usually the mother in laws are monster in laws...reaping what they've sewn when the wife comes back to buck up on her. yea i said it.

  • Shazzie Lindsey

    his dad looks young as well

  • caprise thomas

    I was thinking the same thing until the picture was dated 2003 ,16 years ago.