If you are a fan of performance cars you are certainly well aware of the impact that Carroll Shelby had on the industry over the last half a century or so. Shelby was a world-class race car driver at first, and he then subsequently founded Shelby American Incorporated and produced incredible motor vehicles such as the AC-Shelby Cobra and the Shelby Mustang.
The legendary Shelby passed away in May, and the final arrangements are being disputed. In fact, as of the latter portion of June the body of the designer and entrepreneur was still being held in the morgue in Dallas.
Carroll Shelby had three children and they attest that they are in possession of documents that were signed by their father. These directives empower Shelby’s eldest son Michael to handle the final arrangements. The documents reportedly call for cremation.
Shelby was married at the time of his death to Cleo Shelby. Cleo was Shelby’s seventh wife, and she says that she has a directive that empowers her to make final arrangements. She goes on to say that her husband wanted to be buried not cremated.
We will see how this situation plays itself out over time. Given this dispute there may be more to come with regard to the Shelby estate.
One thing is certain: You must be absolutely clear when you are stating your final wishes, leaving no room for challenges. To discuss your own situation with an expert, simply take a moment to arrange for a consultation with a licensed and experienced Oklahoma City estate planning lawyer.
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