The death of actor Heath Ledger has sparked an estate dispute between his family and his daughter. Ledger’s will left his estate to his wife and daughter, but it did not specify who would receive each other’s inheritance. While his father publicly assured the media that his daughter, Matilda, would inherit his estate, this is not the case. A new court case could decide who is entitled to the actor’s estate.
The Ledger estate was a source of controversy for several reasons. First, a family feud started 15 years before Heath died. Heath Ledger’s uncle said that his father mishandled his grandfather’s estate, which forced his uncle out as executor of the estate. The family feud continued for years, and the judge removed Kim Ledger from the role after accusations of mismanagement.
The death of Heath Ledger caused the estate to be worth a reported 20 million dollars. His death, from an accidental drug overdose, had many people wondering who will inherit Heath Ledger’s estate. According to the estate’s terms, his daughter Matilda will receive the entirety of the money. Currently, his daughter is the only heir of the estate.
While the estate of Heath Ledger is estimated to be worth $16 million, it is unclear exactly who will inherit it. The actor had three sisters and a 2-year-old daughter, Matilda. Ledger’s estate, however, had not been updated to reflect the two-year-old Matilda’s changing circumstances. According to the Will, Matilda would have had to make a family provision claim if she wanted to inherit from the actor’s estate.