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The pianist and bandleader was one of the great exponents
of swing. He studied with Fats Waller, a major influence on his work, and
performed with such famous blues singers as Billie Holiday. His 1987 will
is 9 pages, and makes for some interesting reading.
Berlin was himself an American institution, having composed
such hit musicals as ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, CALL ME MADAM, and such standards
as GOD BLESS AMERICA and WHITE CHRISTMAS. His remarkably detailed will
is 31 pages to which we add the Order Fixing Tax showing the enormous value
of his estate, plus the death certificate.
We add fifty one additional pages to our existing Bono
Probate file, now totaling 63 pages. Bono died intestate, so we offer three
Creditor's Claims (one by Cher), the Spousal Property Order, the entire
agreement for the making of Sonny Bono's Life Story for film or television,
plus the Petition for Probate and several court Orders. And a claim against
the estate by a son who came out of the woodwork. The
Sonny & Cher divorce file can be found elsewhere in our catalogue.
JAMES BROWN $20.00
that The Godfather of Soul, yes, The Hardest Working Man in Show
Business, would have been laid to rest with the respect and dignity he deserved
after such an illustrious career, but family being family (and a sizable estate
being involved), this was not to be the case. This 50+ page file includes
Brown’s last will & testament, his death certificate, petitions, statements (our
favorite being the one about the secret room…), affidavits, disclosures, and
Please note that due to its size, this
document cannot be used with our free wills deal. Our apologies.
A challenge by a customer (have we mentioned that we
love a good challenge...?) prompted us to track down this file. Composer
Carmichael (who gave us such wonderful standards as STARDUST and GEORGIA
ON MY MIND) left a simple but detailed 5 page will, to which we have added
the 5 page Petition For Probate and Administration of Estate as well as
a very enlightening 6 page Inventory and Appraisement. An excellent file.
Karen Carpenter, along with her brother Richard, comprised
the singing group THE CARPENTERS until her tragic death in 1983. Miss Carpenter
left behind a 14 page will as well as an interesting 3 page codicil; also
included are a single page order for probate and a single page Letters
Carpenter autopsy report appears in the Odds & Ends catalogue.
|JOHNNY CASH - JUNE CARTER-CASH $15.00
The one and only
Man In Black. In this unique package, we offer not only Johnny Cash’s last will
and testament, but also that of his wife (who predeceased him by a mere four
months) June Carter Cash. Each document is 7 pages, and while somewhat
boilerplate, both make mention of the two independent revocable trusts that they
|RAY CHARLES $20.00
The "Genius of Soul" was a man who lived life on the edge, fought a twenty year heroin addiction, was divorced twice and had 12 children both in and outside his marriages, and created some of the finest music ever recorded. This 35 page file includes Charles' 9-page last will and testament, the Petition for Probate, Letters Testamentary, Proof of Publication, a large creditor's claim (with a copy of the suit against Ray Charles as support), as well as his death certificate.
She began her singing career in the Baptist church choir,
worked behind the food counter at the Greyhound Bus Terminal, and rose
to become one of country music's early sweethearts. Miss Cline's 4-page,
hand-written will is drafted on Delta Airlines stationary, an odd omen
owing to the fact that she died in an airplane crash less than two years
later. A fascinating
ROSEMARY CLOONEY $15.00
Clooney’s most memorable film role would have to be as Betty Haynes in WHITE
Bing Crosby and
Danny Kaye. We are most pleased to offer her
22-page 1989 last will and testament (in which daughter-in-law Debbie Boone was
bequeathed all her musical arrangements), along with twelve pages of Creditor’s
Claims against her estate. A little Clooney trivia: She was standing with Rosie
Grier in the Ambassador Hotel when Robert Kennedy was assassinated in the hotel
kitchen in 1968…and we’re assuming that you already knew she was George
Clooney’s favorite aunt.
Speaking of George Clooney, you can find his divorce (from actress Talia Balsam)
elsewhere in our files.
"KING" COLE $10.00
8 page will plus a 3 page petition, with daughter Natalie
mentioned frequently. Death certificate included.
Singer Columbo, a major romantic idol in the early 1930's,
was in the midst of a highly publicized romance with Carole Lombard when
he was killed in a bizarre shooting "accident" in 1934 at the age of 26.
Columbo died intestate, though this 22-page file includes the probate filing,
creditor's claims, a great Inventory and Appraisement of the estate (which
included Carole Lombard's diary "of great value, amount unknown"), as well
as the death certificate.
In a career
that spanned six decades, the name Como came to mean the warm, smooth,
easy-listening, slow-flame romance that characterized popular music in the '50s
and '60s. We consider this 45 page file an excellent new addition, containing
Como’s 9-page 1996 last will and testament, a copy of his previous 8-page will
from 1988, the Petition and Order for Probate, and a claim by the funeral home
showing the funeral expenses. What make this such a great file, however, is the
complete inventory of his safe deposit box, giving us 20+ pages of fascinating
The extraordinarily talented singer/songwriter lost his
life to a motel manager's bullet in December of 1964. Since he died intestate
(without a will), this file contains 17 pages of claims (one by the woman
he was allegedly assaulting just before his death), funeral information,
Petition For Letters of Administration, an interesting Inventory and Appraisement,
as well as the death certificate. An excellent file. Cooke's
huge autopsy file (including the Coroner's Inquisition transcript) can be
found elsewhere in our catalogues.
Benjamin Sherman “Scatman” Crothers was a composer, singer, comedian, guitarist,
and fine character actor whose career began in a Duke Ellington one-reeler (with
Billie Holiday, no less) in 1935. This 13 page file includes his last will, a
spousal property petition, a copy of the grant deed to the property he shared
with his wife, as well as his death certificate.
Heartthrob Bobby Darin's stellar career was cut short
at age 37 in 1973, at which time he left a very concise 14 page will, to
which we have added a highly detailed 5 page Petition for Probate as well
as a copy of the death certificate. Darin's marriage to that cute little Sandra
Dee caused quite a stir back in 1960.
You can find her last will and testament
elsewhere in our catalogues.
The extraordinary jazz musician was truly one of a kind
in our book. Davis left an 8 page will (the attorney's copy which does not
bear a signature) which we supplement with an interesting psychiatric examination,
9 pages of documents pertaining to his divorce from actress Cicely Tyson,
and the Certificate of Death.
DAVIS, JR. $10.00
A 9 page will plus a one page witness to the signing
of the will. An extremely interesting will, in light of what later happened
to the estate, after the IRS got hold of it.
Mechanical failure was cited as the cause of the airplane
crash that killed musician John Denver in October '97. We offer the Monterey
County (CA) Coroner's incredibly detailed 20 page postmortem examination,
the Coroner's investigation and report as well as the toxicology findings.
A highly requested file.
Composer, arranger, bandleader, and pianist, Ellington
developed a unique sound for his musicians by blending instruments ingeniously
into startling harmonies. Ellington appears to have died intestate, this
package including 7 pages primarily dealing with his son, Mercer, as administrator
of thee state. Death certificate included.
"Mama" Cass Elliott of the 60's MAMAS & PAPAS, died
intestate in July of 1974. We present a very, very enlightening 26 pages
of petitions, claims, inventories, accountings and funeral information,
that could be considered a serious collector's item. British death certificate