Because Naomi Judd may have cut Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd against her will

Naomi Judd's husband, Larry Strickland, and her daughters, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, speak on stage for the Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration on May 15, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Naomi Judd’s husband, Larry Strickland, and daughters, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, talk on stage about Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration on May 15, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: Getty Images)

Naomi Judd left her daughters, performers Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, out of her will according to multiple reports. The country singer committed suicide in April at the age of 76.

Naomi appointed her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, as executor of her $25 million estate. Judd’s brother-in-law Reginald Strickland and Wiatr & Associates President Daniel Chris Wiatr will serve as co-executors of the estate “in the event my husband retires or becomes incapacitated,” the document states.

The document states that Strickland has “full authority and discretion” over any property that is an asset in Naomi’s estate “without the approval of any court” or the permission of any beneficiary of the estate, The Blast and Page Six report. Strickland is entitled to receive “reasonable compensation” for his services. The will was prepared on 20 November 2017 and Naomi, who had a long history of depression, was “of sound mind, memory and understanding and not under any limitation or in any way incapable of making a Last Will”.

Ashley and Wynonna, Naomi’s only children, are not named in the document. Wynonna was one half of the musical duo, The Judds, with her mother. According to Radar, which broke the story, Wynonna is “upset” that she was excluded from the will, as she “believes she was a major force behind Naomi’s success.” Reps for Ashley and Wynonna did not respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.

Sarah J. Wentz, Trusts & Estates Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, tells Yahoo Entertainment that “it’s very common for spouses in a long-term marriage” to leave assets to their surviving partner. There may also have been a tax motive behind Naomi’s decision.

“Typically, a husband is concerned with making sure that his surviving spouse has enough assets to live, comfortably, at the same standard of living for the rest of his life,” Wentz explains, noting that it’s possible Naomi felt that her husband her “was in the best position to act as executor of her will.”

Wentz adds, “Both of Naomi’s daughters have very busy careers. Managing an estate is very time-consuming. Naomi probably saw the role of executor as a huge burden that her daughters shouldn’t have to take on.”

Wentz, who advises many musicians, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals on estate planning, says there may be “tax reasons why 100% of the estate went to her husband.”

“An individual is allowed to give away $12,060,000 (the federal exemption) of their total assets either during their lifetime or at death. Everything else must be given to a spouse or it will trigger a 40% estate tax items in excess of the federal exemption. It is possible that Naomi already gave her federal exemption during her lifetime. If that was the case, then giving the assets to her husband would be the only way to avoid her taxes property until after his death,” he explains.

One of the big question marks, though, is what happened to Naomi’s song catalog.

“Naomi probably owned half of the composition and performance rights to the Judd’s music catalog. If she didn’t leave those rights to Wynonna, then Wynonna would own half of the rights and Mr. Strickland would own the other half,” Wentz notes. “Sharing the rights to perform and write songs in music catalogs has created potential fights in the past. While we don’t have full access to the planning that was completed during Naomi’s lifetime, it’s interesting [if] he would not leave those rights to Wynonna.’

Ashley and Wynonna have been openly grieving their mother for the past four months.

“The pain of losing mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great, I often feel like I will never be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did. Judds story ends,” Wynonna, 58, wrote in May.

Ashley spoke with grief expert David Kessler Pharmaceutical podcast a few weeks ago, where she said the family — including her stepfather — remained close after Naomi’s death.

“One of the things I think we’ve done well as a family, which is my pop, my sister Wynonna and I, is that we’ve given each other the dignity and the allowance to grieve in our own individual and respective ways.” , the 54. -said the actress. “And yet we’ve been able to stay completely together. So we can be at the same table and recognize, ‘Oh, he’s in anger, he’s in denial, he’s in negotiation, he’s in acceptance, I’m in shock at this moment”. “

Ashley continued, “I’ve had some of the most sacred and sacred experiences with my pop. He, you know, my mom and pop and I are neighbors, and sis looks over the hill and pop comes over every morning. . I wake up and do my reading and my writing and my meditation practice and they connect with my partner. And then pop comes in and I make him his coffee and his breakfast and we sit and mourn together.”

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