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Executor: Carrie Fisher's estate ready for final distribution

It's been more than two years since actress Carrie Fisher died suddenly just after Christmas 2016 at the age of 60. Shocked fans were in for yet another blow when her mother, movie icon Debbie Reynolds, died just a day later. She was 84.

Now Fisher's estate has been settled, according to its executor. He's seeking a final distribution of the estate's assets in probate court, according to a 13-page document filed this month in Los Angeles, with the exception of $10,000. He's asking that this amount be set aside in case other expenses arise.

The estate is valued at almost $6.8 million, according to documents filed in probate court. In addition to bank and investment accounts, it includes memorabilia and collectibles, a car, furniture and publicity rights related to Fisher's work. The actress known to most as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies drafted her will almost a year before her death.

The executor states that he has performed all of his required duties and that all administrative costs have been paid. He's asking that her estate become part of the Carrie Fisher Living Trust, for which he also acts as trustee.

The sole beneficiary of Fisher's trust is her 26-year-old daughter, actress Billie Lourd. Mother and daughter will appear together in the latest in the Star Wars franchise, The Rise of Skywalker, which will hit theaters this December.

The trust will no doubt continue to grow as long as Fisher's Star Wars films and other work live on. According to court documents, "Any and all past or future proceeds, payments or residuals that may be attributable to Fisher or to any of her works or performances, or relating in any way to the use, publication or distribution of the name, signature, image, likeness, photograph, voice, or elements of Fisher's personality [will] be transferred and assigned to the Trust…."

Fisher's personal life, which was well-documented (in part by her), was tumultuous. However, she seems to have had her affairs in order when she died. By taking some relatively simple steps to do this, you can save grieving loved ones stress and expense after you're gone.

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