Carrie Fisher's only daughter will be the sole beneficiary of her mother's estate. However, it remains an open question whether or not part of the estate will need to go through probate court.
The actress had established a living trust and her only daughter, Billie Lourd, is the sole beneficiary of that trust. The estate is worth millions of dollars.
It includes a multi-million dollar home, valuable Star Wars memorabilia and the rights to Fisher's famous image and likeness. However, even though Fisher had a trust, part of the estate might still need to go through probate court.
People reported on this in "Carrie Fisher's Final Assets Revealed, Billie Lourd Named Beneficiary of the Estate."
At the time of her death, Fisher had not placed all of her assets in the trust. Under basic estate law, that means that any assets not in the trust need to go through probate court.
However, attorneys for the estate have asked the court to allow all of the assets to be placed in the trust, since that is what Fisher intended. If the request is granted, then probate will not be necessary.
In this case, the request is likely to be granted, since the final result of probate would likely be that the assets would all be inherited by Lourd. If she has no objections, then the court is likely to allow the estate to avoid the costs and time associated with going through probate.
There is still some danger for the estate here, as someone else could possibly make an objection to the request.
The best thing to do is to place everything in a trust, in order to completely avoid this type of situation.
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Reference: People (July 7, 2017) "Carrie Fisher's Final Assets Revealed, Billie Lourd Named Beneficiary of the Estate."