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Sinatra's wish brings down final curtain on will feud.

Frank Sinatra did it his way, making sure there was no family feud over his fortune by ordering that anyone who contested his will be automatically disinherited, according to the document made public yesterday.

The entertainer, who died last week and who was buried on Wednesday, left his widow Barbara his mansions and $3.5 million in assets and gave his son, Frank Sinatra Jr, the rights to his sheet music, the will said.

The will, filed in Los Angeles probate court, was made to supplement a living trust drawn up several years ago which will disperse the bulk of his fortune and which will not be made public.

Sinatra made it clear in a "no contest clause" that anyone contesting the will would forfeit not only any bequests in the document but also lose any inheritance afforded them in the living trust. The total value of Sinatra's fortune has been variously es timated from $200 million to $600 million.

His lawyers said earlier this week that the will was made after the living trust to deal primarily with assets that were gained since its preparation or not covered by the trust.

In the will, Barbara Sinatra will receive $3.5 million plus mansions in Beverly Hills, Malibu and Rancho Mirage, California and their contents as well as real estate in Cathedral City, California. Her son, Robert, from her previous marriage to ZeppoMarx , one of the Marx brothers, will receive $100,000.

The will stipulated Sinatra's three children, Tina, Frank Jr, and Nancy, will each receive $200,000 in cash and his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra, will receive $250,000.

In addition, his grandchildren Angela and Amanda Lambert, the children of daughter Nancy, will receive $1 million in trust between them. Sinatra stipulated that his personal property including jewellery, art objects, luxury cars, train collections and me morabilia be divided equally among his widow and three children.

The children will also receive assets from two Beverly Hills companies in which Sinatra held interests. Barbara Sinatra also gets some of her late husband's stock.

Two of Sinatra's close friends also benefited from the will. He left Dorothy Uhlemann of North Hollywood, California, $50,000, while Elvina Joubert of Rancho Mirage, California, will get $150,000.
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