Guest Column: Lisa Marie Presley’s Death Highlights Estate Challenges of Multigenerational Fame

January 19, 2023Article
The Hollywood Reporter

Probate, Trusts & Estates Litigation Chair, Benny Roshan, authored a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter discussing the estate challenges of multi-generational fame, which was highlighted by Lisa Marie Presley's recent passing. 


Nothing educates the public about estate law (and, sometimes, probate litigation) like the death of a celebrity. The passing of Lisa Marie Presley is likely no exception. High-profile deaths often shine a light on the sometimes complex post-death proceedings to shuttle a person’s wealth to his or her heirs or beneficiaries — assuming the estate is solvent when all is said and done and there is something to distribute. This process is referred to as “post-death administration” and, often, with famous decedents, it is marred by complications such as pending lawsuits and claims by creditors. By all accounts, it appears Ms. Presley’s estate will encounter the same fate.