Monday, March 10, 2008

Doing Right in Light of Loss

I do not usually comment (or care) about dead actors and celebrities, but I figured it might not be a bad idea to praise people when they do the right thing. Heath Ledger died without having updated his will to include his ex or to his two year old daughter. Court papers do not say what his estate is valued at, but his New York City belongings alone are worth $145,000. All of his property was to be given to his parents and sisters.

Here is the happy ending to this particular chapter of the story (since the story itself can't really have one): Kim Ledger, Heath's father, has said that the family will make sure to provide for Ledger's ex and their daughter. It is nice to see Mr. Ledger not just say that he will use his son's money to not only take care of his grandchild, but of her mother as well. It is the right and decent thing to do.

I hope (and would very much like to believe) that Mr. Ledger will stick to his pledge. Hopefully this will remind everyone to update their wills whenever something changes in their life. Not everyone in the world is as reasonable as Mr. Ledger appears to be.