Country singer Naomi Judd left her two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, out her will.
She instead appointed Larry Strickland, her husband of 33 years, as executor of her estate. He will have ‘full authority and discretion’ over her assets ‘without the approval of any court.’
Judd shot herself dead in an upstairs room of her Tennessee farmhouse on April 30 after a longtime battle with her mental health.
She prepared her will in November 2017, nearly five years before she died, and was of ‘sound mind and disposing memory’ when she approved the document.
Judd was a member of the country music duo The Judds, alongside her eldest daughter, Wynonna, 58, who is reportedly ‘upset’ by the will.
Country singer Naomi Judd (center) left her two daughters, Wynonna (right) and Ashley (left), out her will and instead appointed Larry Strickland, her husband of 33 years, as executor of her estate
Larry Strickland (left) will have ‘full authority and discretion’ over Naomi Judd’s (right) assets ‘without the approval of any court’
Judd’s will states Strickland is entitled to ‘reasonable compensation’ for his services as executor, according to the document which was reviewed by Page Six.
He can also be paid or reimbursed for ‘reasonable expenses, advances and disbursements, including attorney’s and accountant’s fees, made or incurred in the administration of my estate.’
The document also states that if Strickland could not be executor of the estate due to death or any other reason, Judd’s brother-in-law, Reginald Strickland, and the president of Tennessee law firm Wiatr & Associates would serve as co-executors.
Reps for Wynonna and Ashley, 54, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.
However, a source close to Wynonna told Radar Online the singer is angry she was excluded from Judd’s will and ‘believes she was a major force behind her mother’s success.’
The duo were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame one day after Judd’s death was announced.
The sisters have not given any indication of tensions wit their mother, having praised her after her death and publicly discussed their struggles during the grieving process.
Both girls also had homes on Judd’s 1,000-acre farm in the greater Nashville-area, which she had owned for nearly three decades. It is unclear if Wynonna and Ashley’s properties are considered part of Judd’s estate.
Judd shot herself dead in an upstairs room of her Tennessee farmhouse (pictured) on April 30 after a longtime battle with her mental health
A source close to Wynonna (right) alleged the singer is angry she was excluded from Naomi Judd’s (left) will and ‘believes she was a major force behind her mother’s success. The duo were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame one day after Judd’s death was announced
Ashley Judd sat down with grief expert David Kessler on his podcast Healing and discussed her mother’s death on Tuesday. Naomi Judd is pictured with Wynonna and Ashley during their childhood
Ashley sat down with grief expert David Kessler, 63, on his podcast Healing and discussed her mother’s death.
The actress and humanitarian told Kessler on his podcast that premiered Tuesday: ‘It was abrupt and painful and my world is upside-down.’
She added: ‘I look back on my childhood and I realize I grew up with a mom who had an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness.’
Ashley recalled the ‘different behavioral expressions, interactions, flights of fancy, choices that she made that I understood were an expression of the disease,
‘And I understand that and know that she was in pain and can today understand that she was absolutely doing the best she could, and if she could have done it differently, she would have.’
The singer’s death came just one day before she was set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
The singer’s daughters Wynonna (left) and Ashley (right) previously said she succumbed to the disease of ‘mental illness’
Ashley said that both she and Wynonna have had different paths of healing and she had to learn to accept that was okay. Wynonna and Naomi Judd are pictured performing in 1994
The daughter of the country music legend said she hopes that when her mother died, she was able to ‘let go of any guilt or shame that she carried for any shortcoming she may have had in her parenting of my sister [Wynonna] and me because certainly on my end all was forgiven — all was forgiven long ago.’
Despite dealing with the aftermath of their mother’s life-long struggle with mental illness, both Ashley and Wynonna had to empathize with the struggles their mother dealt with due to her mental illness.
Ashley added: ‘[I had] to understand that her [mother’s] mental illness was a disease. I didn’t cause it, I couldn’t control it and I couldn’t cure it.’
The actress promised herself she would let go of the control she had over her mother’s treatment and allow Judd to make her decisions, even when she didn’t think they were the right ones.
‘There were times when she got excellent and expert professional help and choose not to pursue that in the ways that I thought were better for her,’ Ashley revealed. ‘I had to respect her autonomy and give her the dignity of making those decisions for herself — even when I thought her thinking was distorted.’
Ashely explained that after she let go of the ability to make decisions for her mother’s medical care, she found herself often worrying about her mother’s health.