We are saddened to hear about the death of “Golden Girl” Betty White, only a few weeks before her 100th birthday. It is reported that she had a whopping 75-million-dollar estate. The question on everyone’s mind is, “Who did she leave her estate to?”
Betty White was not married, did not have any biological children, but had stepchildren and had a special love and passion for her pets. Who she left her estate to is unknown for now. Only time will tell if the public is able to find out the details of her estate.
If Betty White died in the State of Texas with only a Last Will and Testament that distributed her entire estate, it would be public record. During the Probate process in Texas, the Court requires an inventory to be created that must list all the estate assets at the time of the person’s death. So, anyone could find out who she left her estate to and what assets were in the estate.
How Could She Keep Her Estate Assets Private?
One of the best ways to keep your assets private in The State of Texas is to create a Trust. A Revocable Trust is typically created to avoid probate and for privacy reasons.
We recommend speaking with our office regarding Estate Planning and Trusts in Texas.
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