In recent years, many celebrities have passed away in what would be considered by some Massachusetts residents as well before their time. However, before they passed into Hollywood history, there was one last story to tell. Many of these celebrities' estates became public because they relied on wills alone to pass the bulk -- if not all -- of their estates.
James Gandolfini may be the most shocking example of someone with a high net worth leaving heirs to pay millions of dollars in taxes since he only had a will. Of his estimated $70 million estate, the IRS inherited nearly $30 million. Even so, taxes may not have been the focus of his estate plan. Leaving a sizable inheritance to his sister may have cost her significant taxes regardless.