Raquel Welch, whose acting career spanned five decades, passed away in February at the age of eighty-two. Welch appeared in more than thirty films and fifty television series, won a Golden Globe Award, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, Welch was more than an actress. She was also a savvy businesswoman with several successful ventures, including a fitness program, wig line, and celebrity product endorsements.
Her reported net worth of $40 million will presumably go to her two adult children, although there are few public details about Welch’s estate plan. This suggests that Welch was also savvy about estate planning and may have set up a trust for her loved ones. Raquel Welch’s passing serves as a reminder that you do not have to be a celebrity to create an estate plan. Every adult should have one, regardless of their status or net worth. Not having an estate plan means having no control over what happens to your assets in the case of disability or death.