“Today Show” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford recently interviewed the comedian and actor Martin Short. She asked questions about his wife and their marriage. However, Gifford didn’t realize she had been dead for 2 years. Afterwards, Gifford tweeted an apology. Martin Short, 62 years old, was on the show to promote the new film he is starring in “Madagascar 3.” When Gifford asked, “And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?” The actor replied, “We … have … married … 36 years.” Notably, Short’s wife Nancy Dolman died from ovarian cancer in 2010 at 58 years old. See article:
If a decedent dies without a last will and testament, the estate is subject to intestacy by the New York Surrogate Court. Under the Estate Planning and Trusts Law (EPTL) 4.1-1, when a person dies without a last will and testament, all distribution, debts, administration expenses and reasonable funeral expenses will be deducted but all estate taxes shall be disregarded. Distribution of the estate shall then be as follows. If a decedent is survived by a spouse and issue, then fifty thousand dollars and one-half of the residue estate will go to the spouse, and the balance remaining will pass to the children. If a spouse dies without children, then the whole estate passes to the spouse. If there is no spouse and no children, then the whole estate will pass to one or both surviving parents. See:
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