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dateline: 28 April 2016

Prince Had No Will

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • will: a legal document stating the plans for one’s finances after death
  • administrator: a person who runs an organization
  • asset: something that has value
  • debt: money that is owed
  • estate: one’s property and worth (usually after death)
  • real estate: owned property
  • sibling: a brother or sister
  • heir: a person who inherits another’s assets and/or debts (after death)

Prince Had No Will

American superstar Prince, who died last week at the age of , had no will. Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, has asked a special administrator to Prince’s assets and debts. The value of Prince’s estate is unknown, though he sold over 100 million records and had 27 million dollars worth of real estate in Minnesota. In addition to not having a will, Prince had no living parents, spouse, children or . His sister and five half-siblings may all be named as heirs.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the main subject of this report?
  2. Who is Tyka Nelson?
  3. Who may be identified as Prince’s heirs?

Discussion Questions: Does it surprise you that a person as famous as Prince did not have a will? Why is it important to have a will? If you didn’t have any living heirs to pass your money and property on to, who would you leave it to?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

2 Comments on Prince Had No Will

  1. Mohammad Iqbal says:

    I think it should not make much difference, because if an individual does not leave his/her will behind, there comes the state’s (and/or) religion’s rules, which are followed and complied by the relevant government, if not suo motto, then on the request of any heirs left behind.

  2. hojin says:

    I feel very sad to hear that news.
    Prince didn’t leave a his will.
    and then his sister and half-siblings can not come into a estate.
    how about donate it out to an any orphanage.

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