BBC NEWS
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC News UK Edition
 You are in: Special Report: 1998: 05/98: Sinatra  
News Front Page
World
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
UK Politics
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
Education
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
CBBC News
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Sinatra Friday, 22 May, 1998, 03:33 GMT 04:33 UK
Sinatra's no contest will
barbara and frank
Barbara Sinatra will inherit the bulk of Frank's will
Frank Sinatra did it his way to ensure there would be no legal wrangles over his will.

He warned that anyone contesting the will would be disinherited.

flowers
Remembering Frank: flowers at his funeral
The singer's fourth wife Barbara and his three children are to inherit the bulk of his will.

But the vast majority of his fortune, estimated to be at least $200m (123m), had already been put into a trust fund that will remain private.

Barbara Sinatra was left most of the 82-year-old entertainer's properties including the couple's desert ranch, their Beverly Hills mansion and a Malibu beach house.

She also inherits the rights to market his name and likeness as well as Sinatra's interest in a few of his early recordings, referred to as the 'Trilogy' master recording.

Sinatra's son Frank Jr and daughters Tina and Nancy will receive $200,000 (123,000) each plus undivided interests in a Beverly Hills office building.

Ol' Blue Eyes also added $1m (613,000) to a trust fund established earlier for his two grandchildren.

Most of his estate had previously been put into a trust, separate to the grandchildren's trust.

In that fund, known as a living trust, Sinatra's children were given rights to much of the singer's music catalogue.

Sinatra's attorney, Harvey Silbert said: "There are very substantial assets in the trust."

The will also provides Mrs Sinatra with up to $3.5m (2.15m) once specific bequests are made. If there are any assets remaining after the $3.5m they are to be split between his children.

Nancy Barbato Sinatra, his first wife and the father of his children, is to receive $250,000 (153,000), his friend Elvina Joubert $150,000 ($92,000), stepson Robert Marx $100,000 (61,000) and friend Dorothy Uhlemann $50,000 (31,000).

Paintings, silverware, books, furniture, jewellery, cars, collections and memorabilia also went to Mrs Sinatra.

A court hearing on the will is scheduled for June 18.

But Mr Silbert said it would probably be about a year before any of the heirs actually receive their inheritance because of the lengthy probate process.

Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Sinatra stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Sinatra stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | World | UK | England | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales |
UK Politics | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology |
Health | Education | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes