After a person's death, many tasks need addressing, and those duties cannot be completed until someone is appointed to handle the estate. In some cases, a person's will may indicate who should act as executor, but in other instances, the designation may not be clear. Some individuals who are adamant about taking over an estate or addressing concerns with legal documents may end up going through probate litigation.
Texas residents may be interested in the current battle underway for control of serial killer Charles Manson's estate. Manson died last November after spending decades in prison for his roles in several murders. Control of the estate is in question because there are conflicting reports over the validity of a will Manson reportedly created in 2002 and whether a second will -- supposedly created in 2017 -- actually exists.
The 2002 will apparently names a pen pal and memorabilia collector as executor and beneficiary of the estate. However, Manson's alleged grandson is questioning the validity of that document due to unclear details on how the document was signed. Yet another person claims to be Manson's biological son and states that he has a will that Manson created in 2017, naming him as the beneficiary of the estate and another individual as executor. It is unclear whether that second will actually exists.
When there are conflicts over who should act as executor of an estate or whether a will is valid, it is not unusual for probate litigation to occur. Until these issues are resolved, an estate cannot be properly closed. If Texas residents are facing similar issues with a loved one's estate, they may wish to find out more information on their legal options.
Source: Forbes, "The Charles Manson Estate Battle: Is The Fight Worth It?", Danielle and Andy Mayoras, Jan. 16, 2018