We are continuing our discussion of a will contest involving the estate of Julie Harris. Because the case is not playing out in California, our readers may be wondering why the matter is appropriate for this blog. There may also be concerns that we are prying into the private affairs of Harris's heirs and even Harris herself. She lived a quiet life dedicated to the theater; though she worked in television and movies, she was not a "Hollywood type." Why should we spend so much time on this?
Wills are contested all the time, and estates are often involved in litigation. The truth is, though, that only high-profile cases come to the attention of the media, and what makes a case "high-profile" can be a celebrity somewhere in the mix, a high-asset estate or an unusual back story, among other things. These cases can serve as an example of how probate law works or of the challenges of estate administration. Without having to raid the county clerk's files, we can talk about these cases for the legal issues, not just the tweet-worthy drama.