Celebrity disk jockey DJ AM, also known as Adam Michael Goldstein, was considered by many to be the best -- or at least most famous -- DJ around. He dated models and Hollywood stars, performed regularly with famous singers and rappers, and was hired to play music at the biggest celebrity parties.
He was found dead in his New York apartment on August 28th, from a drug overdose. At this point, it's unclear whether he committed suicide or not. He was 36.
This week, his mother filed to open a probate estate for Goldstein's assets, in Los Angeles. Interestingly, the probate paperwork filed by her attorney indicates that it is undetermined whether he died "testate" -- with a will -- or "intestate" -- without a will. Goldstein's mother lists herself as the only heir, because she is the only surviving parent. Goldstein was unmarried and had no children.
Under California's intestate laws, if no will surfaces, this would mean that Goldstein's sister would not inherit anything; everything would go to his mother. Is that consistent with what Goldstein would have wanted? It doesn't matter. When someone dies without a will -- even if everyone knows what he or she would have wanted -- the law decides who inherits.