Who was Ted Williams? Ted Williams was best known for being a professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox. He took a break from his baseball career in 1943 to serve his country in WWII in the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. He returned to baseball in 1946. He again took up his patriotic duty in 1952 and 1953 as a Marine aviator in the Korean War. In addition to his Hall of Fame skills in baseball, he also hosted a television program about fishing…and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame as well. The list of awards, accomplishments, and charitable involvement could go on forever. Did he have an estate plan? Yes, in fact, Ted Williams did have an estate plan in place when he passed away on July 5, 2002. His estate plan outlined his desire to be cremated and have his ashes scattered in the Florida Keys. However, Williams’ son and youngest daughter presented a napkin that had a “family pact” written on it and Ted Williams’ signature. They declared that Ted wanted to be cryogenically frozen. On the napkin it was agreed that they wished “to be put into biostasis after we die” so they could have the chance to “be able to be together in the future, even if it is only a chance.” The conflict… Williams’ eldest daughter fought her siblings to recognize her father’s wishes as declared in his estate plan. She ran low on money, and asked the public for financial support, to no avail. She was unable to further fund her suit, and dropped the case. Where is Ted now? Ted’s legacy will be frozen in time, and his body is currently frozen as well. No one can ever be sure that Ted had the mental capacity to attempt to amend his wishes for the disposition of his body, or if it was truly his desire. What can we learn? Many people think amending an estate plan is a simple process. However, as the Williams’ family has shown us, it can make things very messy in the end if you attempt it on your own. Be sure to use a qualified estate planning attorney when making any changes to your estate plan. The changes will be made legally, and in a way that leaves no confusion to your loved ones when you are gone. Whether you need to make a change to your current estate planning documents, or you are interested in finding out how to create an estate plan that encompasses your wishes, Ambler Keenan Mitchell Johnson can help. Call to schedule a free, one-hour, no obligation, initial estate planning consultation with a qualified estate planning attorney at Ambler Keenan Mitchell Johnson in Denver, Colorado.