We talk at some length on our Las Vegas estate planning law blog about the importance of planning ahead, ensuring one's affairs are in order. One reason is that this reduces the likelihood of contests over one's will that need to be resolved in probate court. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to litigate these disputes regardless of how finely crafted the estate plan was.
One recent, high-profile will contest involved the estate of R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass, singer of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and other hits. Pendergrass found out in 2009 that he had colon cancer and died in early 2010 after several months of hospitalization. The total value of his estate has not been disclosed, but it included assets like the singer's royalties from his music.