The Will of David Robert Jones was filed earlier this month in New York County Surrogate’s Court giving the value of his estate at 100 million dollars. Not familiar with David Robert Jones? As the New York Times reported, He was far better known to most of you as David Bowie, the iconic musician who passed away on January 10th ( two days after his 69th birthday) after a quiet battle with cancer and just as he released his first new album in years. Since he never legally changed his name to Bowie, his estate goes forward under his birth name.
Your lawblogger remembers him best as Major Tom, whose “Space Oddity” has become a musical classic along with his equally classic “Changes”. Bowie was cremated and he specified that his ashes were to be scattered over Bali.
Bowie was a major celebrity who lived a very quiet life in New York. Generally, this blog highlights estates which are mired in legal controversy and generate perspectives which serve to educate my readers about the pitfalls of estate litigation and a guide for average folks. What strikes me about this estate is that it seems incredibly normal and well-ordered. While I live to be surprised by the unexpected , it sure appears that the estate of this incredibly talented and successful artist will proceed without legal battles or undue complications. If I am wrong, watch this space for unexpected developments.