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Harper Lee Remains Private, Even after Death

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

To Kill a Mockingbird put author in the limelight, but she quickly stepped out of it and has remained out.

When Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died in 2016 there was considerable publicity as writers attempted to uncover all the details of her life. They met with little success. Lee's will has been unsealed but it does not reveal very much either, according to in "Harper Lee's will is unsealed but questions about the legend of American literature remain."

Lee's will directs that all of her assets, including literary property, be put into a previously created trust. Details about the trust are not publicly known. There does not appear to be a way to make them public. The trust's beneficiaries and trustee are not known.

What Lee created is known as a pour-over will. It is a simple way to have assets transferred to a trust, after someone passes away. Since trusts do not have to go through probate and are private, this is a great method to use for people who do not want the details of their estates known to the public. as Lee apparently did not. Her estate plan continues to work as she desired.

An estate planning attorney can advise you in creating an estate plan that meets your unique circumstances and may include a privacy issue.

Reference: (Feb. 27, 2018) "Harper Lee's will is unsealed but questions about the legend of American literature remain."

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Nina Whitehurst

Attorney at Law Nina has been practicing law for over 30 years in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law She is currently licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee. Her Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating is the highest achievable: 5 stars in peer...


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