The estate of retired NFL quarterback Steve McNair is back in the news two years after his death. It seems that when McNair hit it big in the NFL as the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, he built a ranch for his mother, Lucille, on 45 acres in Collins, Mississippi. And while Lucille McNair considered the ranch to be a gift to her from her son, it was titled in Steve McNair's name at the time of his death, and since the football star died without a will, the property became part of his estate.
Back in May after attorneys for Mechelle McNair, Steve's widow and the executor of his estate, had requested that Lucille begin to pay $3,000 per month in rent in order to remain at the ranch, she moved out because she couldn't afford it. And to add insult to injury, on the two year anniversary of her son's death Lucille McNair received a letter from Mechelle McNair's attorneys which demanded that Lucille pay $53,363 to her son's estate for appliances and other items she took from the ranch when she moved out. According to Lucille, "They took everything from me and so now they want me to put the contents back in, that I purchased."
Let this be a lesson to anyone who holds legal title to a house where a loved one lives. If you don't make plans for what happens to the property after you die, then your loved one may end up just like Steve McNair's mom.
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