Country singer Naomi Judd reportedly left daughters Wynonna and Ashley out of her final will


(From left) Actress Ashley Judd and singers Naomi and Wynonna Judd arrive at the YouthAIDS Annual Benefit Gala 2003 at Capitale on Oct 27, 2003, in New York City. Photo: TNS

Naomi Judd's final will and testament reportedly has some obvious benefactors missing from its pages: the late country singer's daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd.

Page Six reported recently that the singer, who died in April, appointed husband Larry Strickland as executor of her estate. Naomi was married to Strickland for 33 years. According to court documents obtained by Page Six, he will have "full authority and discretion" over her estate and will not need to the "approval of any court" or permission from any beneficiary.

Naomi prepared the will on Nov 20, 2017.

The will also states that Strickland is entitled to receive compensation for his executor duties and that he would be reimbursed for legal fees, disbursements and other "reasonable expenses" in the administration of Naomi's estate. Naomi's brother-in-law, Reginald Strickland, and Wiatr & Associates President Daniel Kris Wiatr will serve as the estate's co-executors.

According to Radar, Wynonna is not happy with her mother's will and "believes she was a major force behind her mother's success".

A legal representative for Ashley did not comment, while Wynonna's representatives could not be reached for comment.

Naomi died from suicide on April 30, one day before she and her daughter and bandmate Wynonna were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was 76.

The daughters teamed up in their grief to tearfully accept the Hall of Fame honour for their late mother — and for Wynonna, who later decided to go out on tour despite her mother's death. She enlisted some major stars to join her on the road.

In May, Ashley revealed that her mother had used a firearm and said she found her mother's body when she was visiting the singer's Tennessee home.

"Our mother couldn't hang on to be recognised by her peers. That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her," she told ABC's Diane Sawyer. "Because the barrier between the regard in which they held her couldn't penetrate into her heart and the lie the disease told her was so convincing."

The Judds were known for songs including Why Not Me, Love Can Build A Bridge and Mama He's Crazy. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service

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