Phil Taylor, also known as Philthy Animal, was the drummer for Motorhead. He died of liver failure last November. Prior to his death, he divorced his wife of 15 years who he had not seen since several weeks after their wedding. He also omitted her from his will. His estate was rumored to be worth $10 million.
Stretching to make several points:
1. In Ohio, a spouse can elect to receive 1/3 of the assets passing through the probate estate even if omitted from the will.
2. A former spouse has no statutory rights so Taylor was wise to finalize the divorce prior to his death.
3. I am surprised that someone with Taylor’s reputation for wild behavior was able to organize his affairs to divorce his long missing spouse and prepare a will omitting her, just in case, prior to his death.
4. $10 million is a lot of money for the drummer of the ‘worst band in the world”. Of course, the Kardashians are Exhibit A that talent and net worth are not correlated.