Estate of Denial news clips (2/1/17)

‘I Beg You to Recuse Me’: Anna Nicole Smith Judge Finally Gets His Wish (TX)

Texas Lawyer

January 26, 2017

For the better part of 20 years, the fight over the estate of late billionaire oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall has remained a fixture on Mike Wood’s docket, a case that unwittingly turned the once little-known Houston probate jurist into the “Anna Nicole Smith” judge. And Wood has finally had enough of it.

The story of the former Playboy magazine model’s attempts to get a piece of Marshall’s fortune after a brief marriage to the elderly billionaire brought international media coverage to Wood’s court. Wood later rejected Smith’s claim to the fortune and awarded it to Marshall’s son E. Pierce Marshall—a 2001 decision that ultimately survived two appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Prince Heirs Accuse Estate Advisers of Mismanaging Tribute Concert


January 26, 2017

Two of the heirs likely to receive a share of Prince‘s multimillion-dollar estate have accused the estate’s special entertainment advisers of mismanaging an October tribute concert and holding on to profits the estate was guaranteed to receive. The pair are seeking at least $7 million.

In documents filed with the Carver County District Court, where Prince’s probate case is being heard, Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and his half-brother Omarr Baker leveled the mismanagement charge at veteran entertainment attorneys L. Londell McMillan and Charles Koppelman, who have been employed by the estate as experts to help monetize Prince’s entertainment assets and have entered a number of licensing agreements on behalf of the estate. Last week, the two siblings also opposed McMillan being appointed a special adviser to the estate, favoring former Prince associate and CNN commentator Van Jones for the role; the judge ultimately ruled that one was not necessary.


Judge Begs Family of Anna Nicole Smith’s Husband To Let Him Quit Case (TX)

Houston Press

January 27, 2017

Anna Nicole Smith, the big blond with the enormous breasts, has been dead for a decade. Her 90-year-old oil billionaire husband of 14 months, J. Howard Marshall II, has been ashes for more than 20 years. (She never picked up the urn.) But the fight over Marshall’s estate is still going strong.

In fact, it’s been dragging out for so long that it finally caused Probate Judge Mike Wood, a man who has overseen family quarrels severe enough to turn litigious for decades, to say he’s done.