Taylor Swift has a new group of fans with her new hit song, Anti-Hero – lawyers who deal with trusts and wills.
Swift sings, “I have this dream my daughter-in-law kills me for the money; She thinks I left them in the will. The family gathers ‘round and reads it. And then someone screams out, ‘She’s laughing up at us from hell!’”
In the clever music video, Swift’s descendants are distraught to learn she left them just 13 cents in her will.
“Legally, she’s correct,” Mitch Mitchell, said associate counsel at Trust & Will.
“If someone were to kill another person, they are not allowed to profit from it.” It’s called the Slayer Statute.
“They forfeit the right to inherit,” said Mitchell, who is thrilled Swift is bringing attention to a sensitive subject.
Some 60% of Americans don’t have wills. Many stars such as Prince died without a will.
“Sometimes celebrities are just like us,” Mitchell said. “They don’t want to think about their own demise.”
Swift is so smart she re-recorded her early songs she didn’t own the rights to, so the new versions replaced the old, and she wouldn’t have to share the royalties.
“Taylor Swift would have been a good lawyer,” Mitchell said. – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service