However, deep a bond that friends and families might have between themselves, the battle for money can make them be at loggerheads. If there is a dispute regarding a will, things start getting sour, and that’s when the game begins. Raw emotions tend to come out, and the situation becomes ugly.
This is especially true when it’s the property of a famous and affluent individual. Some real estate battles look highly obvious, like there is an old rich man, with a young model wife, and a family that’s pissed off. That’s a complete textbook case. Below are a few of the biggest and the most famous real estate wars that have been the talk of the town.
There are times when people don’t require loads of money or a large estate to get into a battle. The Gary Coleman case is one such example. Gary earned prominence with Diff’rent Strokes, the popular sitcom in the 70s. Although he was a star status through the show, he hit the headlines mostly due to his health and his legal issues.
Unfortunately, he passed away in 2010 when he was 42 years old. And that’s when the actual problem began as Coleman had three wills. The last one being a handwritten document, stating that all his properties would go to his better half, actor Shannon, after his death. The main issue here was that Coleman and Shannon took a divorce. Though the latter claimed that the duo had a common-law marriage, the judge was in no mood to give that claim any importance, and consequently, it was Anna Gray, the former business partner of Coleman, who received the spoils.
Thomas Kinkade had been a celebrated artist as long as he lived. His country scenes were soothing enough to make everyone smile, which was probably one of his greatest achievements. But, the situation suddenly turned for the worse with Thomas bidding farewell and leaving for the heavenly abode in 2012. Thomas walked down the aisle with Nanette Kinkade, but things didn’t work out as they thought it would. After the two broke up, Thomas entered into a relationship with Amy Pinto.
After Thomas’ death, Amy claimed that she has two notes with her that claimed Thomas had bequeathed his mansion to her. He was clear that the grand property would turn into a museum to display his work after his death. These two women were in a long court battle with Amy emerging victorious.
James Brown left the world in shock when he breathed his last at the age of 73 in the year 2006. The most exciting part of his will is that Brown had donated his entire estate to charities working for the betterment and welfare of underprivileged youths. Even though it was a pretty straightforward directive from Brown, his widow Tomi Rye Hynie did not take it in good taste.
As per Forbes.com, Tomi was married to another individual when she tied the knot with Brown. It thus means she was not technically Brown’s legal wife. The attorney general in South California made an announcement in 2009 that Tomi and the children would be receiving half the money. The other half was to go to a charity. However, things went wrong when a court struck down the deal. This was on the basis that it violates Brown’s will, and the whole affair is currently hanging in mid-air.
Jimi Hendrix was a phenomenon and one of the most prominent figures in the world of rock. As fate would have it, Hendrix left for his heavenly abode at a meager age of 27 back in 1970.
After his death, his father and manager, Al fought a long battle with record companies and other entities in the music industry. This was an attempt to hold the rights to Jimi’s songs.
He won his case, and things were going fine until he breathed his last in 2002. The battle of rights over the $80 million estates went to court. While Janie, Al’s adopted daughter, was on one side while Jimi’s brother, Leon. However, his children were on the other. The long battle end with Janie emerging a winner.
Several other real estate battles have made its place in the public’s memory. Inheritance of money and estate can turn ugly, and the world has to witness that.