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Carrie Fisher's estate: What legacy did she leave behind?

Carrie Fisher's unfortunate and unexpected death took the world by storm. The death of her legendary mother, Debbie Reynolds, only a day later, was equally tragic. Now, it looks like Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will inherit both her mother and her grandmother's fortunes.

According to sources, Carrie Fisher's estate is worth approximately $5 million. However, there are conflicting estimates of Fisher's net worth. Some speculate that she was worth as much as $25 million. Meanwhile the estate of her mother, Debbie Reynolds, is worth approximately $60 million.

Most say they expected Carrie Fisher's estate to be worth a lot more money, especially considering the fact that other Star Wars stars are much wealthier. Some say that part of the problem related to the fact that Fisher signed away the ability to earn money off her likeness in the Star Wars deal, so she was unable to generate royalty money from the sale of Star Wars merchandise.

Another part of Fisher's legacy is the best-selling novel she wrote, Postcards on the Edge. She also wrote a screenplay in addition to a one-actor play, both of which were based on the book. She was promoting her latest literary work, The Princess Diarist, and flying back to the United States from a book promotion in Los Angeles when she suffered her fatal heart attack last month.

As for who the heirs of Fisher and her mother's fortunes will be, a large portion of these estates will likely go to her daughter, Billie Lourd. At the very least, Lourd will probably be the sole heir of Fisher's estate, while receiving a portion of Reynold's estate.

Time will tell whether Fisher and Reynolds had their estates in proper order, and whether anyone will try to challenge the dispensation of the estates. Hopefully, for the sake of Billie Lord and the rest of the Reynolds family, their estate attorneys will be able to navigate the probate and estate administration process quickly and peacefully.

Source: Heavy, "Carrie Fisher Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know," Jessica McBride, Dec. 24, 2016

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