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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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61.

A REAL Cowboy    

As I predicted, news just in from from Down Under tells that Heathy's uncles have weighed in amid some long standing family feud about the family fortune with advice to Michelle and her father suggesting they should get an attorney to protect Matildas interests.

The fight is ON.

2358 days ago
62.

Jennie    

#37: IRS Party: They didn't "leave the country". They went HOME.

2358 days ago
63.

velvet elvis    

They will make sure Matilda is taken care of...awww...how generous of them considering that Matilda was Heath's only child...a beloved child... and should be the righful heir to everything...not them.

2358 days ago
64.

Baseball Junkie    

A REAL Cowboy:
Where/when did you hear this? Michelle's father is in no position right now to be getting involved in the fight since he is currently on the run from the IRS himself. I predict that Matilda will get her fair share, which actually isn't all of Heath's estate in the eyes of the law and custom, only in the thoughts of dewy-eyed do-gooders, from Heath's parents. Michelle has no say at all since she and Heath were never married. That's the way the law runs. An acknowledged child is the heir to the father but the baby mama isn't unless he wrote her into the will. Heck, maybe that's why Heath never updated his will. He knew that Michelle would keep pushing to be included because her father would push her so Heath took the easy way out because he knew that his parents would do the right thing by Matilda.
Was their a family fortune before Heath? I have no idea what sort of money his parents or grandparents had. And why are the uncles chiming in? What ax are they grinding?

Go Sox

2358 days ago
65.

shanti    

I'd be willing to bet that anyone who dissed Heath on here for "lapse in judegment" is guilty of much worse...in my 58 years of life I've noticed that people who criticize the most also have the most personal experience from which to draw their conclusions...thats why they're so quick to flap their mouths...nuff said..

2358 days ago
66.

Sofire    

The words ' Matilda will be taken care of' speak volumes. Dear ole Pops should do the right thing and GIVE the estate in tis entirety to Heath's rightful heir - his daughter. Heath had a greater responsibility to contribute to the upkeep and future of his daughter than ALL the adults in his family - who can 'take care' of themselves. Something tells me this Pops is a money grabbing guy. And Heath? Why is this guy so adored - he was irresponsible in life and now in death. He should have changed his will once that child was born instead of getting stoned - drugged up and drunk!!!

2358 days ago
67.

'bout time    

So Sad that more people than not set the value of a life as monetary, another thing Heath loathed, that said, not that it is any one in the media or publics business but life insurance policies were never mentioned, nor is anyone privy to what had already been esablished between Michelle and Health after Matlidas birth, and there are many things outside a will, trusts, insurance policies, interest holdings and royalties that can be delagated at time of establishment , and so forth. However ODD to many. some people don't wait until they are gone to give those you truly hold dear what you want them to have, and to those who truly love someone it's ususally not the monetary treasures you long for it's the one's money could not possibly buy, and the ones the greedy overlook. These are the priceless sentimental treasures you can hold dear after the greddy have burned thru the money. Peoples true colors come out in times like these, you can bet Those he trusted will see he wishes carried out.

2358 days ago
68.

Mary Worth    

What's a "REAL cowboy"?

Cowboy is a media invention. It started with dime novels in the nineteenth century.
The media continued with Hollywood popularizing that myth.
The costumes contributed its share of that show business puffery.

What's a "REAL cowboy"?
There are people who herd cattle and sheep; and ride horses. Any young person can do that!
They also drink beer and are called stiff necks, I mean rednecks. They can have that
They have some of the most awful awards shows. They can have that!

No, the ocwboy was invented by the media. And on the screen they don't show their bad teeth, their sweaty, unwashed bodies. Instead, they have almost feminine costumes.
The REAL people in the frontier west were poor. They couldn't afford such outlandish costumes.

And if you dig deep, you will find there was a lot of man to man love going on.
Willie Nelson sang about such "cowboys".

2358 days ago
69.

snert    

Sounds like the kid is a "pretermitted heir". That's someone born to you after your will is executed. Many states treat a child like this as if they were named in the will anyway, assuming Ledger acknowledged paternity in some way.

Bottom line, the parents have already talked to an attorney, and recognize that the child is a natural heir, and entitled to a substantial chunk of Ledger's estate, even though the child wasn't named in the will. The point is, she wasn't specifically named in the will and then left nothing, so the legal presumption is that she's a pretermitted heir, and is thus entitled to share in the deceased parent's estate.

2358 days ago
70.

Celenia Pendygraft    

Maybe this should be a reminder to all of us that we need to make a will and keep it current. The majority of the estate should belong to the child as his direct heir. Her mother should be in charge until the child comes of age. So if you don't have a will-no matter how young you are-and have sizeable assests don't hesitate or pospone making provisions for your children. Children should always be the main beneficiary, especially young chldren who will need money. They didn't ask to be born and deserve financial support-which I am sure he provided while he was alive. Perhaps good old fashioned marriage would have worked to clarify his feelings-which I have no doubt he had for that darling little girl who is the spit in image of her dad. why doesn't the family just give his estate to his daughter. Being taken care of is a rather ambiguous comment.

2358 days ago
71.

Sabrina    

In response to:

life insurance policies were never mentioned, nor is anyone privy to what had already been established between Michelle and Health after Matlida's birth, and there are many things outside a will, trusts, insurance policies, interest holdings and royalties that can be delegated at time of establishment , and so forth. However ODD to many. some people don't wait until they are gone to give those you truly hold dear what you want them to have, and to those who truly love someone it's usually not the monetary treasures you long for it's the one's money could not possibly buy, and the ones the greedy overlook. These are the priceless sentimental treasures you can hold dear after the greddy have burned thru the money. Peoples true colors come out in times like these, you can bet Those he trusted will see he wishes carried out.

Posted at 11:55PM on Mar 9th 2008 by sick of media hype


Those are good points. Hopefully, he did have insurance policies or an already established trust for his child, and they wouldn't necessarily go through the probate process. I still think it's irresponsible to not have a will written, though, for ANY adult. The problem is that you can't necessarily trust that your wishes will be carried out. There are many, many families who go through agony after the death of a loved one simply because ONE family member goes to court over the estate. That one family member can drag things out for years preventing the legal heirs from doing whatever the deceased wished.

2358 days ago
72.

Baseball Junkie    

A REAL Cowboy, you have repeated your earlier comments but not yet responded to my question. How do you know that Heath's uncles have talked to Michelle's father or that he's hired lawyers? What ax to Heath's unclews have to grin in this battle? What is the old family feud and how large was the estate over which Heath's father and his brothers were fighting? Please answer or stop repeating yourself.

Go Sox

2357 days ago
73.

anais    

i am not soo sure that they will do whats right...lets wait and see..people can get pretty horrible when it comes to money no matter who and what it is for...so lets wait and see if they "do the right thing"

2357 days ago
74.

Flowerbomb    

I think this shows exactly what Heath's priorities were, and they were not his daughter. Responsible people, especially those with considerable assets, modify their wills whenever they have children. Their financial managers urge them to, I am sure Heath could not be bothered. Sad, because I don't trust his family to do the right thing either.

2357 days ago
75.

duh    

I agree these "will be taken care of" comments are ridiculous and condescending. Clearly had Heath changed his will he would have left almost everything to HIS ONLY CHILD Matilda, with possibly personal/sentimental items going to his parents, sister, etc. Luckily for Matilda, she'll be just fine with our without being "take care of" by Heath's family as Michelle has her own money and successful career. Matilda should get everything.

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