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Don't Worry, Matilda Will Be "Taken Care Of"

3/8/2008 8:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Heath LedgerHeath Ledger's family was quick to speak out today to quash any ideas that his daughter, Matilda Rose, would not be provided for after his death.

Heath's dad, Kim, released a statement that said, "Matilda is our absolute priority and Michelle is an integral part of our family ... They will be taken care of and that's how Heath would want it to be."

Details of Ledger's will were made public today and it didn't specify anything for his ex-fianceé, Michelle Williams, or their daughter -- that's because it was drawn up back in 2003.

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Helen    

People Just because His Dad said" they will be taken care of" Does NOt mean they will. He has to say that. Michelle should fight the will. They or Matilda is the soul Heir of Heath Ledger.

2326 days ago
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Standards are badly needed.    

A good offense is a good defense? Actually, Matilda is Heath's ONLY heir, and the person who looks after Heath's child should or will ultimately handle all of Heath's money in trust plus enough for raising her to the age of majority. Why does Heath's Dad have any say here at all?

2316 days ago
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Cp3o    

Thanks for the interesting news

2309 days ago
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Bubblebunny    

Thank God !

2334 days ago
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hello!    

Glad to see that the family is doing the right thing and thinking of Matilda. Not that Michelle would even need his money, because she has a thriving career of her own, but it's nice to see people doing things "the right way" and doing what they feel Heath would have wanted. God Bless the Ledger and Williams families.

2334 days ago
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elizabeth    

all the money in the world will never replace her daddy.....it is so sad for the sweet lil darlin!

2334 days ago
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L.S    

Like michelle doesn't have enough of her own money I'm sure she's not worried about it.

2334 days ago
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Baseball Junkie    

Just as I expected. There was no way that Heath's parents would let their granddaughter suffer. She's all they have left of him.

Go Sox

2334 days ago
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sherbear107    

did anyone REALLY think that heath's family would NOT take care of matilda? she is, after all, their granddaughter/neice. i am certain that the ledger's are not the kind of people who would say "well it doesn't mention her in the will so i guess she's SOL".....

2334 days ago
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me    

I'm surprised that he had not updated his will to begin. That was a lapse in judgement!

2334 days ago
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nobozo    

A good father would have had his will changed as soon as his child was born, IMHO.
Now that he's dead, it's all hindsight. What, Heath too busy being daddy to remember to include
his only child in the will? Yeah, what a good parent.

2333 days ago
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Baseball Junkie    

me:
It was a lapse in judgment but one that is made by many people. Most people don't make any will at all so at least he thought that far ahead. It probably slipped his mind given how much time he spent working,

Go Sox

2333 days ago
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Angel    

At this point, I’m just disgusted. It’s an honor that someone names you as a beneficiary in their will. It means that they thought enough of you to leave a piece of what they earned or valued during their life. Matilda could have been named as one of six beneficiaries, but to completely ignore her was a terrible oversight. It’s not the amount that matters; it’s the acknowledgment and respect that should have been given as a tribute to his daughter.

2333 days ago
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Michelle    

Wonderful to hear---if they all do what Heath would have wanted, they can't go wrong. Prayers to all of them.

2333 days ago
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Baseball Junkie    

Angel and nobozo, what is wrong with you people.?
Angel:
It clearly stated that the will was written before Matilda was born and, in fact, before she was conceived. He couldn't possibly included her as a beneficiary since she didn't exist yet. I don't think it's possible to write a will that names "any children that I might possibly have" as a beneficiary. As far as it being an honor to be named as a beneficiary in someone's will, no, it is an honor to be chosen as someone's pallbearer not a beneficiary in their will. Only a greedy person would consider that an honor. It would be touching perhaps but not an honor.

nobozo:
I think your humble opinion is totally off base here. Most people do not update their wills as often as they should. It is not the sign of a lousy father that Heath did not rewrite his will to include Matilda but merely the sign of a normal person.

I'm sure that both of you narrow-minded haters have totally up-to-date wills detailing the complete disposal of all of your possessions. Just make sure that they are legal in your jurisdiction because the law varies.

Go Sox

2333 days ago
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