Details on Joan Rivers’ will have been revealed today, after it was filed in Manhattan’s Surrogate Court. The iconic comedian was worth around $150 million and named daughter Melissa Rivers as executor of River’s estate. Melissa Rivers was given “the broadest and most absolute permissiable direction” when it comes to dealing with her mother’s fortune.
Because Rivers left all of her assets in a living will, the specifics of her assets and how exactly they will be divided have not been disclosed, according to ABC News. But Joan herself did have a few requests.
Joan left all of her tangible property, including a $35 million Upper East Side apartment and a house in Connecticut, to her daughter Melissa. Rivers also named her grandson Edgar Cooper Endicott, niece Caroline Waxler, and nephew Andrew Waxler as beneficiaries. That Rivers named her niece and nephew in her will surprised the wife of her nephew. “We didn’t know,” Andrew’s wife, Laurie Waxler, reportedly said when told of the inheritance. “She was an incredibly generous woman.”
But Joan didn’t just take care of her family — she mentioned a few trusted friends, too. An undisclosed amount was willed to her publicist Scott Currie, as well as Rivers’ assistants Sabrina Miller and Jocelyn Pickett. Pickett also got Rivers’ four rescue dogs.
Miller, who had been an employee of Joan’s for 26 years, said that her employer had been “generous to a fault,” according to Page Six. Currie, who, as his final act as Joan Rivers’ publicist, planned Joan’s funeral, said, “Nothing can ever make up for the loss I feel every day. She was such a big part of my life for over 25 years. She was an incredible lady.”
A number of charitable causes were also mentioned in Rivers’ will. Among those charities named was the New York-based charity God’s Love We Deliver, which prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people in need who are either too ill or infirm to leave the house. This was the charity that Rivers competed for — and won — on The Celebrity Apprentice. Joan’s will also included donations bequeathed to California’s Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Jewish Guild for the Blind in Manhattan, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Jewish Home and Hospital Federation of Manhattan, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made,” said Joan Rivers herself — and it looks as though her will has given her loved ones and her favorite charitable causes the ability to make their own keys.
Rivers died on September 4 after suffering cardiac arrest following an upper-gastric endoscopy and a laryngoscopy on August 28. Because of details surrounding her mother’s death, Melissa Rivers plans on filing suit against the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic, where the procedures were done. For more on that, click here.
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