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Ken Dodd 1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 0

So what have the man from Knotty Ash and Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) got in common? And why is it one nil to Doddy?

Ken Dodd married his long term partner of 40 years shortly before his death and avoided a very large inheritance tax bill as a result. He left Anne Dodd very well provided for. Stieg Larson creator of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo created a multi-million pound empire with his Dragon Tattoo books published posthumously after his death at 50. Larson climbed the stairs to his office as the lift was out of order. As he reached the top of the stairs he suffered a fatal heart attack

He wasn’t married to his long term partner Eva Gabrielsson and left no will. So she inherited nothing from his fortune.

Not married no will and you end up with nothing, however long you may have been together*.

Need we say more?

*In the UK we do have the Inheritance(provision for family and dependents) Act. Thay can result in a court battle however and a big tax bill.