Lewis outlined the fate of his assets in his will.
It seems as if celebrities tend to ignore estate planning.
This was not the case with Jerry Lewis.
Before Lewis died last month, he was prepared for the distribution of his assets.
Lewis created a will.
What is the fate of his estate?
According to a recent Forbes article titled “Jerry Lewis Disinherited 5 of His Kids, And Here's Why We Know,” Lewis disinherited five of his children.
His will explicitly instructed that his children Gary Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Anthony Joseph Lewis, Christopher Joseph Lewis, Scott Anthony Lewis, and Joseph Christopher Lewis and their descendants were to receive nothing from his $50 million estate.
Because Jerry Lewis explicitly stated that he intentionally excluded these children (and their descendants) from his first marriage, it is unlikely his will could be successfully challenged.
Who will get his money?
His widow SanDee Pitnick is his primary beneficiary.
Next in line, is his 25-year-old adopted daughter Danielle.
How do we know these details?
A will is a public document.
What if Jerry Lewis had created a trust?
His affairs likely would have remained private.
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Reference: Forbes (September 27, 2017) “Jerry Lewis Disinherited 5 of His Kids, And Here's Why We Know”