When Marlon Brando died in 2004, his housekeeper sued his estate claiming the actor had promised to leave her his house. Marlon Brando had a will that made no mention of the alleged promise to his housekeeper. While the details of her claim are unknown, the estate reportedly settled the lawsuit in 2007 for $125,000.
Under New Jersey law, a promise to include a beneficiary in your estate plan is only enforceable if the promise is in writing in the form of a legally enforceable contract. Oral promises are not enforceable.