Lisa Marie, the only child of Elvis Presley, died of a heart attack aged 54 on January 12, 2023. Within weeks of her death her mother Priscilla Presley has challenged her late daughter Lisa Marie’s Will in court, a move which pits her against her own granddaughter.
Lisa Marie was the sole heir of her father Elvis Presley’s fortune after he died in 1977, which is now said to be worth upwards of $100 million.
Following her death, that estate will now go to her daughters Riley Keough, 29, and her twins Harper and Finley Lockwood who are only 14 years old. Benjamin Keogh, Lisa Marie’s other son was named as co-trustee alongside Riley, but he died in 2020 leaving Riley as the sole trustee.
Priscilla is challenging the documents validity stating that Lisa Marie’s signature on the amendment was forged, noting that the penmanship did not match the singer’s usual style. The 2016 amendment allegedly was not witnessed or notarized, with Priscilla claiming it is an “invalid modification”. Priscilla was previously named as a trustee in Lisa Marie’s Will in 2010 but was secretly removed in 2016.
In the United Kingdom, for a Will to be valid it must be signed by the testator and their signature must be made or acknowledged in the presence of two witnesses. The witness must be present at the same time and must also attest and sign the Will.
A case such as this shows the importance of ensuring your Will is drafted correctly and is valid. There are strict legal requirements which must be followed for a Will to be legally binding.
Priscilla’s filing is among the first of what are likely to be many legal manoeuvres surrounding the estate of Lisa Marie, Elvis’s sole heir.https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/jan/31/priscilla-presley-disputes-validity-lisa-marie-will