Dolly Parton, Black Lives Matter, and Estate Planning?

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Dolly Parton, Black Lives Matter, and Estate Planning?

In a recent cover story for Billboard Magazine, superstar Dolly Parton shared her views on the Black Lives Matter movement and the nationwide protests that erupted after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department in May. And, she didn’t mince words, stating “And of course, Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”

She went on to discuss the fact that she was guilty of “innocent ignorance” in years past, not realizing initially that the term “Dixie” was offensive before she changed the name of her “Dixie Stampede” to simply “Stampede” in January 2018. Her advice for the magazine’s readers was simple: “As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it.”

Parton was also candid in her remarks about the need to get her estate planning and Will in order, so she would not leave a mess for her loved ones to clean up after her death. While she is in good health today, the Queen of Nashville is now 74 years old and has apparently come to the realization that there is no time like the present for estate planning. The protests, and the violence that spurred them in the first place, only served to remind Parton of her own mortality.

Unfortunately, too many celebrities and non-celebrities alike make the mistake of putting their estate planning off for “someday,” never actually getting their legal documents in place before death or incapacity. Working with an estate planning attorney can help you identify your goals, evaluate strategies designed to achieve those goals, and implement a plan tailored to your specific situation.

To learn more, and to start or update your own estate plan, contact The Estate Planning & Legacy Law Center today!