The children of the singer do not like his estate plan.
It is hard losing a parent.
It is even more difficult when you do not get to say goodbye.
This was the case for Laura Smet and David Hallyday whose father died of lung cancer at age 74.
According to a recent The Guardian report titled “Johnny Hallyday's children to contest will leaving them nothing,” their father Johnny Hallyday—or French Elvis—also left them nothing in his estate plan.
For these reasons, Laura and David, Hallyday's two biological children are contesting the will.
The senior Halladay executed a signed in California will, as that was where he lived the latter years of his life.
This approach, however, not standard estate planning SOP (standard operating procedure) in France.
In France, it is customary for the children to receive a portion of an inheritance along with the wife.
If Laeticia dies, only the two daughters Johnny and Laeticia adopted from Vietnam will see an inheritance.
Not even memorabilia or artistic rights were left to his biological children.
No surprise, but there are further tensions within the family.
For example, Laura believes her stepmother intentionally kept Laura from seeing her father in his final days.
In the end, even though the will was signed by their father, Laura and David believe it is not in line with his wishes.
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Reference: The Guardian (February 12, 2018) “Johnny Hallyday's children to contest will leaving them nothing”