Well, we really do not know.
What we do know is that when Nelle Harper Lee died recently she left the world with two famous books: "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman."
We also know that she never married, had no children or surviving siblings.
I, for one, think the estates of other folks are really their business and not the stuff of gossip.
How about you?
That noted, much like the unpleasant business of medical autopsies, conducting a "postmortem" on an estate can yield "clinical" value as an object lesson regarding what to do ... and more likely what not to do when planning an estate.
We may never know.
Last Friday the court where her last will was filed reported that it had been sealed by the judge.
The value of her estate is not exactly known.
However, in its recent article titled "Did Harper Lee Have a Will? Here's What Could Happen To The 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Author's Money," the International Business Times noted that an old lawsuit disclosed Lee's earnings at nearly $1.7 million during a six-month period in 2009.
And that was before she announced the release of her second book last year with sales exceeding $40 million.
So what happens now?
I do not know, but one thing is apparently certain and will disappoint many movie buffs.
It seems Lee took legal steps to ensure that Hollywood will never make another "Mockingbird" motion picture.
Then again, how could you ever top the original with Gregory Peck?
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Reference: International Business Times (February 19, 2016) "Did Harper Lee Have a Will? Here's What Could Happen To The 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Author's Money"