Why Naomi Judd deserted daughter Ashley, Wynonna unexpectedly: lawyer

Naomi Judd’s decision to name her husband Larry Strickland as her executor of her will is not uncommon, but could be seen as disregard for her daughter, Wynonna and Ashley Judd, an exclusive legal expert told Page Six.

“Usually, the naming of the spouse is the executor of the will. But letting her daughters go seems to indicate, like a deliberate act by Naomi,” attorney Holly Davis told Page Six exclusively.

Naomi – who die by suicide on April 30 – chose to name her husband of 33 years as executor of her estate, according to court documents obtained by Page Six Monday.

Criminal defense attorney Jason Goldman told Page Six that the county superstar was “likely advised” to choose her spouse over her two daughters because it would be “cleaner and less more controversial”.

“Despite their intentions to the contrary, wills often become notoriously difficult to interpret when they are too specific,” says Goldman. “Then, when you join the existence of many children, long-term, divided wills are bound to be a recipe for misinterpretation and disaster.”

In her will, the “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer asked her husband to have “full authority and discretion” over any property that is property to her estate “without consent. of any court” or permission of any beneficiary of the estate.

It is not clear whether Wynonna, 58, or Ashley, 54, were the beneficiaries of any of their mother’s assets – as their names were not mentioned in the will at all.

However, Goldman explained that this does not confirm or deny whether the two have a trust fund set up by their mother before her death.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - May 15: Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd and Larry Strickland attend CMT and Sandbox Live's
Wynonna and Ashley Judd, seen here with Larry Strickland, likely didn’t want to avoid any misunderstandings, one expert said.
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“The will itself makes no mention of Naomi’s hard assets, which may have been given to her children through a transfer of title,” said the New York-based attorney, who does not work exclusively for Naomi. , tell us.

In connection with any succession of the “River of Time” author estimated assets of 25 million dollarsGoldman said that Strickland, 76, was able to “set up an inheritance consistent with what he believes Naomi would want for the children” as executor.

Naomi Judd stood in front of the repetitive step.
Naomi Judd died at the age of 76 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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However, Davis notes that it is “possibly” that Naomi has “taken care of them in their own trust, or possibly gifts before her death, but that is remarkable.”

“Naomi Judd has struggled with her mental health and with depression, which eventually led to her suicide – we know a lot about it,” concludes founding partner of Kirker Davis LLP. “But don’t know if there is tension between her spouse and the daughters, if there is a problem or tension between the husband and the daughters, we will find out if there will be a dispute. Will through probate attorneys in the coming days or not.”

Naomi Judd, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd on the red carpet.
Ashley and Wynonna Judd announced their mother’s death on April 30.
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Naomi’s will preparation attorney did not respond to repeated requests for comment for further insight into the “Grandpa” singer’s thoughts on signing her will on November 20, 2017. Her publicity also declined to comment.

Naomi – who suffered a life-long and public battle with depression – died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Wynonna and Ashley both commented on lost her mother to mental illnessbut has not yet commented on the conversation surrounding the will of the late singer.

“If daughters believe that Naomi was unduly influenced in the last months or years of her life by her partner, to the point where they assume he influenced the outcome of her will of her in a fraudulent manner, it could lead to a claim on behalf of the daughters,” Davis said.

Representatives for Wynonna and Ashley did not return Page Six’s request for comment.

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