It looks like Director John Singleton didn’t update his will, which was written in 1993. The will states that his entire estate goes to his eldest daughter Justice. According to Radar Online, Justice was his only child at the time. However, since he wrote his will, he’d fathered six more children who aren’t mentioned in the document.
The Hollywood News Daily’s recent article, “John Singleton’s Eldest Daughter To Inherit Entire $3.8 Million Estate,” says that the critically acclaimed director died suddenly at the age of 51, after suffering a stroke. Singleton had reportedly been battling hypertension and suddenly became ill, when he returned from Costa Rica. He was hospitalized and suffered a stroke while under medical care, where his condition quickly deteriorated. He was placed on life support. After being on life support at L.A.’s Cedar Sinai for two weeks, his family made the decision to take him off of all life-sustaining machines. Singleton quietly passed away hours later.
Singleton’s surprising death following a stroke at such an early age is much like that of another Hollywood celebrity, former Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale star Luke Perry, who died in March at the age of 52.
John Singleton is survived by his mother Sheila Ward; his father Danny Singleton and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis and Seven.
While Singleton failed to update his will to address his other children born after 1993, they may not wind up with nothing, according to California law. Experts say that the six other kids have a solid argument to be included in the division of his estate, if litigation is pursued. However, to prevent potential conflicts among family members, we recommend that you review, and update if necessary, your estate plan every three years.
Singleton’s children hopefully will be able to come to an agreement on the division of the estate, and matters will not need to go to those extremes.
A private funeral was set to take place to honor Singleton.
While Singleton's will is being presented for probate, it's possible that he has a trust that provided for all of his children. If you have a trust, your estate can be administered outside the public eye to maintain your privacy as well as limit conflicts. Since we have not heard anything about Luke Perry's estate plan, I suspect he has a complete trust plan in place. The difference with privacy, especially for public figures, is invaluable.
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Reference: Hollywood News Daily (May 4, 2019) “John Singleton’s Eldest Daughter To Inherit Entire $3.8 Million Estate”