At only 53 years old, it is hard to believe that superstar and former Wham! Frontman, George Michael, tragically died of natural causes on Christmas Day in 2016. He was found by, Fadi Fawaz, rumored to be his partner, who is now seemingly going to be kicked out of the star’s home. The singer of such hits as “Careless Whisper”, “Father Figure” and “Faith” was found passed away in bed by Fawaz that morning. Fawaz has now been summarily cut-off from the singer’s over 100-million-dollar estate. According to multiple accounts, Fawaz is facing hostility from Michael’s family that is claiming there is no entitlement to any part of his estate and that he was not truly George’s partner.
As recently as July 10, 2017, Mr. Fawaz tweeted that he does not have enough money to buy milk and water. He also stated he couldn’t afford to buy him a flower to put next to his grave or light him la (sic) candle on his birthday.
George’s estate has yet to be sorted out and it is rumored that he has left his fortune to be divided equally between his sisters. The current monetary crisis Fawaz is encountering demonstrates the absolute necessity of having an updated will and estate plan to provide for your partners in life.
It is rumored that Fawaz and Michael had a verbal agreement that Fadi could stay in the star’s London townhouse, estimated to be worth 5 million pounds, following his death. Fawaz has been residing in the house ever since and it is possible that George’s sisters may institute eviction proceedings to obtain their rights under the will.
Specifically, Fawaz believes that he had an agreement with George Michael to use the property for the foreseeable future. This apparently was based on a conversation, not a written agreement. Only a written agreement would be recognized as providing rights to use the property; a verbal promise is not binding upon his estate.
Had Michael planned for Fawaz to inherit or occupy the home following his death, he could have spelled it out in a trust document or written directive. Obviously, Michael needed more than mere “faith” that his promise to Fawaz would be adhered to by his heirs.