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French musician Johnny Hallyday’s California will leads to inheritance dispute

French rock star Johnny Hallyday left his family a will when he died of lung cancer at age 74 last December. However, his fourth wife and two adult children have been locked in a legal battle over inheritance of property and artistic rights due to legal complications.

The case involves a conflict between U.S. and French laws. Hallyday wrote his will in California as he lived in Los Angeles with his wife. In France, however, children receive automatic inheritance rights. The courts must now decide which laws apply and whether Hallyday was a resident of France or the United States.

In his will, Hallyday left all his assets to his fourth wife and their two school-aged daughters. The inheritance dispute was a result of his two oldest children, who reside in France, being left out of the will. They asked a French court to temporarily freeze several of the Hallyday’s French estates.

The French court granted the request put forth by the oldest children. However, the court refused to allow the oldest children to participate in preparing Hallyday’s posthumous album. The judge ruled in favor of the widow and the younger children.

Wills and revocable trusts are important and necessary for both celebrities and the average person alike. In celebrity cases, inheritance disputes are often in the public spotlight as they receive considerable media attention. As a result, they offer a cautionary tale about the difficulties family members face when a loved one fails to draft a clear, legally sound will before their death.

A properly drafted trust will keep a family’s affairs private, with no court involvement unless a dispute arises. Individuals with assets in other countries must plan ahead and get advice on how to compose will that will obey the laws of each country.

Working with an experienced attorney to craft an effective will and trusts helps avoid problems in the future for loved ones when you are no longer around. It provides details about exactly how you would like your assets to be distributed. In the absence of a will, the state is left to decide using a formulaic approach, which may lead to unnecessary emotional distress for family members.

The link between caregivers and immigration policies

Pew Research Center estimates about 10,000 individuals are turning 65 each day. As the elderly population steadily grows, so does the need for long-term care and caregivers. However, there are concerns that there will not be enough direct care workers to meet the growing demand.

Long-term care has inadvertently found itself linked to the nation’s current immigration debate. Changes in immigration laws have the potential to affect older Americans and patients with illnesses or disabilities who rely on consistent care.

According to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), one out of four caregivers are immigrants. Around 34,600 individuals from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras work as home health aides, nursing assistants or in other caregiving jobs. They must either leave the United States or face deportation before their Temporary Protected Status becomes invalid at some point in the coming two years.

In an industry that is already struggling with a worker shortage, the worry is that tens of thousands of people could be left without care if immigrant caregivers are compelled to leave the country. Paul Osterman, a human resources professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, predicts there will be a shortage of 151,000 direct caregivers by 2030. That number is likely to rise if immigrant workers lose work permits or other industries entice direct care workers with higher wages.

“It’s impossible to imagine that the long-term care sector would survive without immigrants,” said PHI Vice President of Policy Robert Espinoza. “If you make it more difficult for people who are already documented to remain in the country, what you’re doing is you’re making it more difficult for families to find workers to care for their loved ones.”

Inevitably, a shortage of caregivers will cause the cost of care to increase. This will put even more financial pressure on individuals with the most challenging care needs.