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Single beneficiary will inherit Carrie Fisher's vast estate

Media sources confirmed on July 10 that a single beneficiary is set to inherit Carrie Fisher's multi-million dollar estate in California. Court documents indicate that the late actress's only child, Billie Lourd, will inherit the estate and most of Fisher's belongings. According to court records, the 24-year-old Lourd will also control the rights to her mother's public image. 

The iconic actress, writer and humorist died at the age of 60 in December 2016. The day following her passing, Fisher's mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, succumbed to a stroke at the age of 84. In a statement, Fisher's brother said that portions of the sizable collections of memorabilia and other items that the two actresses each amassed during their lifetimes are to be sold at auction to benefit two charities. A limited edition Yoda statue, a Princess Leia statue and the actress's signature director's chair from "Return of the Jedi" are among the approximately 1,500 pieces to be offered for sale.

Reports indicate that the collectibles will be made available to friends and fans at auction in accordance with Reynold's wishes. In addition to the estate, Lourd's inheritance includes other collectibles, jewelry, a 2016 Tesla S, the contents of bank accounts and ownership of Fisher's life insurance policy and company.

California residents who want to ensure that their wishes will be honored following their deaths may find it beneficial to seek counsel from an attorney. The lawyer could oversee the probate process and work to see that the beneficiaries receive their inheritances as specified with a minimum of interference from the courts. The attorney may also be able to minimize any tax burden in connection with the estate.

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