Heath Ledger’s family fights over his cash

March 19th, 2008 // 41 Comments

Heath Ledger’s family have already begun the infighting over the handling of his estate. That didn’t take long. Apparently Heath’s uncles want Heath’s father Kim to be removed as executor because he completely botched the handling of his own father’s estate 15 years ago. Heath’s uncles have already told Michelle Williams father that Kim is a poor executor, according to People:

Ledger’s uncle Mike insists the family has nothing to gain by removing Kim: “Our only vested interest is to assure that Matilda is well looked after.”
Mike added that Kim’s recent statement that Matilda “will be taken care of” was not enough assurance. “When you are talking about large sums of money like this,” he says, “it should be an independent executor, but Kim hasn’t chosen that way.”

In case you didn’t know, Heath Ledger’s will was written in 2003 before he met Michelle Williams. It left everything to his parents and sisters. Which shouldn’t be that bad for Michelle considering she still has all that sweet Dawson Creek dough. Just don’t tell James Van Der Beek. He was paid in forehead cream.

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  1. Groove Cat

    Fast

  2. Simply me

    not surprising… Poor kid.

  3. 2for2true

    I’ll bet he leaves everything to Daniel Day Lewis.

  4. Is Heath’s father Asian??

  5. Ah…. the fight over the estate… the true legacy of any drug related actor’s death…

  6. Grunion

    The big question is who gets his ugly sunglasses collection?

  7. I heard he left everything to Jake Gyllenhall because he “didn’t know how to quit him”

  8. arligt

    Guy; you are just so off .

  9. agree

    Sad to hear this. I saw his ex-girlfriend Michelle’s profile on millionaire&celeb dating site “WealthyRomance.com”, it is said she is dating a young billionaire on that site now.

  10. noneyobeezwax

    i call dibs on on the sweet looking gloves.

  11. @10

    I prefer to find friend on isrealisrockandpalestinianssuck.com. It is said you find many Isreali nice enough to bomb the fuck out of that useless strip of #10′s.

  12. Veroonica

    They guy use to dress so horrible queeny. I can just imagine what they buried him in. Probably Michelle’s wedding dress.

  13. Anal Fistula

    lol @6

  14. crazypants

    Are Australian rules so weird – Matilda is his only surviving child of record, a fact disputed by no one. Here in the States, it would basically be all hers, despite what is written on a will created before her father ever met her mother.

    Were they actually divorced or just separated?

  15. hell yeah

    so typical anytime there is an estate. people turn into paranas. i use to work for a financial investment company and there were two occassions where i had people calling from hospital rooms (you could hear the life support machine in the background) trying to find out what their dying relative has. one guy even admitted to wanting to get the jump on his “foul bitch of a sister”. people would frequently call trying to find out what money there is and who it was left too. they’d get pissed to find out that info could not be shared with any greedy soul that called.

    don’t leave anything for anybody. if they don’t get it out of you when you’re living then they don’t get it at all. money brings out the worst in people.

  16. madonna hates you but loves your money

    #16

    michelle and heath never married

  17. I don’t think that’s true, otherwise “I’ll write you out of my will” wouldn’t carry much of a threat. If he wanted to cut his kid out of her inheritance, he could.

    The ball would be in his parents’ and sisters’ court to take care of Matilda financially if they chose to, like set her up with a trust fund or something. If Michelle is being a bitch about it and trying to fight it, they’d be a lot less likely to do that.

    She should shut the hell up and worry more about the trauma that kid will go through because her Daddy’s dead by his own hand than what she deserves financially.

  18. Do Me Heath

    That Dawsons Creek dough will only last so long (as will MW’s career). That kid is gonna need some money to keep up with celeb tot lifestyle. Somebody start a fundraiser or something. Do you think Heath had another baby with this girl http://www.suchacheater.com/?p=104 ???

  19. Nathan Sprinkle

    Please let us grieve in peace… THATS MY FUCKING MONEY ASSHOLE FUCK YOU! Glad to see everyone in the family is past the Grieving process, and so fast too! They should get even more money for that… like a bonus in a video game for having a lot of time left on the clock!

  20. Satan

    That kid looks like she has a cleft -palette. No wonder he killed himself.

  21. BarelyStearn

    From what I saw of the $$$ in his will, what the hell are they arguing about – by entertainment industry standards this is chump change. The REAL money here is in the licensing rights to his likeness – the other “assets” wouldn’t pay for Amy Winehouse’s zit ointment…

  22. mamadough

    it doesn’t really matter who ends up with the money, nothing will stop matilda from growing up to be a useless ugly whore, much like rumor willis.

  23. Sapphire

    OK first off if you’re a man and your name is KIM, all bets are off!!

  24. peeps

    Oh here we go…
    It’s ALWAYS this way.
    The family cries and cries after the death “oh we’ll miss them so much they were so incredible blah blah blah…” and then after the customary weeks of mourning, it’s on to the next custom; fighting like greedy pigs, until people no longer speak to each other over what your oh so beloved deceased family left behind here on earth.

    Don’t it make you all warm and fuzzy inside. BAH, it’s fucking bullshit.

    Heath didn’t even have an up to date will for Matilda. On top of the fucking depressing fact that celebs have unholy sums of undeserved wealth they can’t even fucking manage it and be responsible with it. They’re like fucking retarded children who’ve been given to much god damned candy, except they’re way less capable than your average mentally challenged six year old.

  25. peeps

    correction: Will

  26. chilixx

    1. there is still no telling that he doesn’t have a lot of other money in trusts, which is highly likely, including the possibility that something is in Matilda’s name.
    2. the person throwing the fit is his uncle, not his immediate family. Maybe they will later, but for now there is no evidence of that.

  27. BANGBANG

    Yeah I bet that’s what he fucking wants, his shit faced brother to come out with money crap. Yeah I bet he’s happy he’s in control of his DEAD son’s money. That’s probably the last fucking thing on his mind, he’s going through grief at the moment and his brother comes out with shit like that.
    Worst brother of the year award, anybody?

  28. Freakonaut

    Don’t worry about Michelle, her father is an (in)famous millionaire commodities trader (no joke). His website is:

    http://www.ireallytrade.com/

  29. D. Richards (Traveler.)

    Ga-Ga-Goo-Goo — Daddy dresses just like I do. Whee!

    ‘Artists.’

  30. Eric

    The Wall Street Journal reported his New York City assets of right around $150,000. That is public information so trusts are not included, but it doesn’t sound like he was sitting on a large nestegg.

  31. Sandra

    Personally, I don’t get what all the fuss is all about. Michelle Williams is otherwise gainfully employed. Matilda will always be taken care of financially (she will never WANT for anything) whether or not she receives any thing from her father’s estate or not. Calling a small child names is very disrepectful, #24, not nice. You should be shamed! As far as Heath’s family, he left it to his parents and his sisters. It is for them to do with as they see fit – period. The other family members should just stay out of it. What’s done is done. Perhaps this will do some good in showing the general public that taking care of your affairs is important! No one has the promise of tomorrow.

  32. Sandra

    BTW, have you heard that Michelle Williams filed a suit for part of Heath’s estate? As far as I know, not yet. I’m no legal expert, but I believe she could file a suit for support of her daughter given that it was his biological child. But, my guess is that this is the last and furthest thing from her mind at the moment. If she felt it were important, I’m sure she would have already sought counsel to request part of the estate. I really do think it’s a non-issue with her. Now, as far as what’s going on in Australia with the in-fighting — typical — certainly shows family members “true colors” and all the love they share for each other ;)

  33. Kost2Kost

    Who know how much his estate’s worth?

  34. angie

    some of you people on here are so crule you must be just dog ugly disuspectfull full of rage and jeliouse and the cold hardest people to live you must have the devil in you to say things about a poor dead man but even worse to talk about a small child that way who has done nothing or even knows right from wrong i can see being jelioues of Heath Ledger with those bedroom eyes and wonderful smile and looks most of you would die for and a great actor but to be that way and say them things about a small child is unbeliveable some of you need some serioes help

  35. brooke

    I am pretty sure that if Michelle Williams wants to she could contest the will on her daughter’s behalf because she wasn’t left even a dollar. However, had Heath in fact left his daughter a dollar then it couldn’t be contested. Since, the will was made before he met Michelle it could easily be contested. Matilda is his only surviving heir and children trump parents and siblings anyday. I don’t know if Michelle will contest the will considering she may want to stay in good standing with Heath’s parents and sister, but I think if I were her I would contest it. I think that Heath’s daughter, as she gets older, will want her dad’s things such as cars, houses, memrobilia ect.., I know if I were her I would. I think that everything Heath had should be left to his daughter and I really think he would of wanted the majority of it to go to her. He probably would of had if fixed that way, but never got around to it. I know a lady that contested her husband’s will and won. What happened was that the husband made the will out before he married and left everything to his parents. Since, the will was made out before he married the woman, she contested it and she and his kids won everything. So, I doubt there would be any difference here except that Michelle never married Heath, that I am aware of. So, the will would have to be contested by Michelle for Matilda.

  36. leslie

    @16 neither.
    They were only engaged to be married.
    Who cares. A will is a legal document.
    If he cared enough about his family he would have been down the day after his daughter was born to change it.

    What with all the plane trips, crazy fans, drugs, and how ill he was.. you would think updating his will would have crossed his mind at some point?
    I’d be doing mines monthly…with the amount of money those people make…
    Someone mentioned it wasn’t much money. Note that was back in 2003 so he didn’t have that much back then.

    Heath: ” I’m not good at future planning. I don’t plan at all. I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t have a day planner and I don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future. ”

    Shoulda got a PA.

  37. Chilixx

    So far, Michelle and Heath’s immediate family have handled all of this with a lot of class, at least in the public eye. I hate that these other family members have made it look bad for all of them, at least in the eyes of some people. yes, Heath should’ve updated his will, Clearly, he was young and felt invincible, or so it seems–it was irresponsible, but I seriously doubt he ever could’ve thought this would happen. I am sure Michelle is financially well off enough to take care of Matilda and I’d be surprised if she took legal action (but what do I know? I don’t know her.) Plus he may have left a lot of other money, and it seems like his parents and sisters would never leave them in the cold anyway. I just hate all the negative speculation and attention. Makes me sad. :( And it sucks that there are so many idiotic stupid trolls on these boards, but they will always be here. Idiots.

  38. Chilixx

    So far, Michelle and Heath’s immediate family have handled all of this with a lot of class, at least in the public eye. I hate that these other family members have made it look bad for all of them, at least in the eyes of some people. yes, Heath should’ve updated his will, Clearly, he was young and felt invincible, or so it seems–it was irresponsible, but I seriously doubt he ever could’ve thought this would happen. I am sure Michelle is financially well off enough to take care of Matilda and I’d be surprised if she took legal action (but what do I know? I don’t know her.) Plus he may have left a lot of other money, and it seems like his parents and sisters would never leave them in the cold anyway. I just hate all the negative speculation and attention. Makes me sad. :( And it sucks that there are so many idiotic stupid trolls on these boards, but they will always be here. Idiots.

  39. Chilixx

    oops, who’s the idiot now? posted twice….

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