Amy Winehouse’s Estate - MLP Law

Amy Winehouse’s Estate

  • Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • 3rd Aug 2021

Amy Winehouse was a talented singer who sadly passed away at her home in Camden, London at the age of 27. The cause of Amy’s death was alcohol intoxication, which was later ruled by a coroner to have been around 5 times higher than the legal drink drive limit. Did Amy Winehouse leave a Will? […]

By aleks

MLP Law

Amy Winehouse was a talented singer who sadly passed away at her home in Camden, London at the age of 27. The cause of Amy’s death was alcohol intoxication, which was later ruled by a coroner to have been around 5 times higher than the legal drink drive limit.

Did Amy Winehouse leave a Will?

It was initially believed that Amy Winehouse had made a Will in around 2009, however, it was later found that Amy had never executed her Will. In the circumstances, this meant that Amy died intestate, as she did not leave a valid Will at the date of her death.

What happened to Amy’s estate under the rules of intestacy?

As Amy Winehouse passed away without leaving a valid Will at the date of her death, this meant that her estate (consisting of her assets and liabilities at the date of her death) were dealt with in accordance with the rules of intestacy which are contained within Part 4 of the Administration of Estates Act 1925.

In order to distribute an estate in accordance with the rules of intestacy, an administrator had to be appointed by the Probate Registry in order to distribute Amy’s estate accordingly. The administrator of Amy’s estate was her father, Mitch Winehouse.

Once Amy’s father was appointed as the administrator of her estate, this meant that he had to distribute her estate in accordance with the rules of intestacy as follows:-

To Amy’s spouse or civil partner at the date of her death– Amy and Blake Fielder-Civil had divorced in 2009 (around 2 years prior to Amy’s death), this meant that Blake Fielder-Civil was no longer entitled to be a beneficiary of Amy’s estate. This is because following a divorce being finalised, this means that the ex-spouse/ex-civil partner is treated as predeceasing them.

Blake Fielder-Civil looked to bring a £1,000,000.00 claim against Amy’s estate in 2019, with additional demands of a monthly allowance from her estate. It is reported that Blake Fielder-Civil had previously received the sum of £250,000.00 from Amy as part of their divorce settlement in 2009. Although, Blake’s lawyers believe that if the £250,000.00 was not specified as part of a clean break in the divorce documentation, then, it is possible that Blake be able to bring a claim against Amy’s estate.

To children– Amy did not have any children at the date of her death.

To Amy’s parents– This meant that the entirety of Amy’s estate of around £3,000,000.00 was split equally between her parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse.6

What would have happened to Amy’s estate under the rules of intestacy, if she had not been survived by her parents?

In the event that Amy’s parents had not survived her, this would have resulted in further family relations being considered as beneficiaries of her estate, as follows:-

To Amy’s siblings– Amy’s brother would have been the sole beneficiary of her estate. In the event that Amy’s brother had passed away before her, his own children would have been the beneficiaries of Amy’s estate by default.

To half-siblings.

To grandparents.

To Amy’s aunts and uncles.

To half-aunts and half-uncles.  

If you would like to discuss making a Will to ensure that your loved ones, friends etc. will benefit from your estate and, to ensure that your estate will be distributed in accordance with your wishes. Please contact our Wills, Trusts and Probate department who will be delighted to assist you with this and any other future planning needs and requirements which you may have on 0161 926 9969 or by email at wtp@mlplaw.co.uk. Our Wills, Trusts and Probate department will also be delighted to assist you with any worries or queries which you may have, in relation to your existing Will.

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