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As the news of Aretha Franklin’s death at age 76 grabbed headlines last month, the revelation that the Queen of Soul left no will or trust in place to protect an estate estimated at nearly $80 million wasn’t really surprising. Scores of entertainers, including Prince, Farrah Fawcett and James Brown, neglected to leave a will. The rich and famous are not exceptions. According to a 2017 report from Caring.com, a whopping 58 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they had no end-of-life plan.

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