Anna Nicole Smith's will was released Friday by a Florida court and not surprisingly, it reveals she left everything to her son Daniel. The will had not been updated since his death or the birth of Smith's daughter Dannielynn. According to CNN, Howard K. Stern is named the will's executor, which gives him the authority to set up and oversee a trust on behalf of Smith's beneficiaries, and to make investments on its behalf.
In the will, which you can download a .pdf HERE, nothing was left to Howard K. Stern. All the legal mumbo-jumbo is confusing, but what does this part mean and where does it leave Dannilynn?:
FAMILY DECLARATIONS AND STATUTORY DISINHERITANCES
I am unmarried. I have one child DANIEL WAYNE SMITH. I have no predeceased children nor predeceased children leaving issue.
Except as otherwise provided in this will, I have intentionally omitted to provide for my spouse and other heirs, including future spouses and children and other descendants now living and those hereafter born or adopted, as well as existing and future stepchildren and foster children.
There is also a part on the very last page that sounds like she appointed Howard as Daniel's guardian upon her death:
OFFICE OF GUARDIAN
Nomination of guardian of the Person.
"I nominate HOWARD STERN as guardian and successor guardian of the person of my minor child DANIEL WAYNE SMITH:
Any such nominee who is a resident of a state other California may, at the nominee's election, file a petition for appointment in such other state and/or in California. I request that any court having jurisdiction permit the guardian to change the residence and domicile of my minor children to the jurisdiction where the guardian resides.
I give the guardian of the person of my minor children the same authority as a parent having legal custody and authorize the guardian to exercise such authority without need for notice, hearing, court authorization, instructions, approval or confirmation in the same manner as a parent having legal custody. I request that no bond be required because of the grant of these independent powers."
But like I said, all that legal mumbo jumbo is difficult to interpret correctly without a law degree. I know I have some "legal eagles" that read this site, so your interpretation is welcome!