Anne Heche’s son claimed that the “will” presented by her ex-partner was invalid because it was not signed in the late actress’s handwriting.
omer Laffoon, 20, filed a claim for control of his mother’s estate earlier this month, following her death, which was met with objections from James Tupper.
The young man’s petition was made on the grounds that the actress had died without leaving a will.
Court documents obtained by the PA news agency show that although Tupper has yet to disclose his specific objections to Laffoon’s legal team, he did present an email he called “” testament”.
The 20-year-old’s attorneys say the email in question “does not meet the legal requirements” for a valid three-way will.
“Mr Tupper repeatedly referred to the email attached to the Objection as a ‘will’,” the documents, filed as a supplement to the state, Laffoon’s original petition.
“However, legally, email does not qualify as a three-way will or officially witnessed will.
“The email does not meet the legal requirements for a valid three-way will because key provisions of the purported will are not present in Decedent’s handwriting.
“The email does not meet the legal requirements for a valid will to be formally witnessed because the email was not signed by Decedent and there were not two witnesses who signed the document during Decedent’s lifetime. “
The filing also claims that Tupper made “personal attacks” on Laffoon ahead of an October 11 hearing to further determine the management of Heche’s estate.
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The actress was involved in a serious car crash in Los Angeles on August 5, in which her car collided with a building and caught fire.
The email does not meet the legal requirements for a valid three-way will because the key provisions of the purported will are not in Decedent’s handwriting.Attorney for Homer Laffoon
She was declared brain dead on August 11 and was kept alive for another three days so she could donate her organs.
Heche, 53, was one of the biggest movie stars of the late 1990s, starring alongside other actors including Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford, and has worked continuously in film and television for more than three decades .
She is the former partner of American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres – the couple began dating in 1997 before breaking up in 2000.
Heche later suggested that their public relationship led to her being blacklisted professionally, describing herself as “patient not in a cancellation culture”.
She was married to Coleman Laffoon, a television camera operator, from 2001 to 2009, and was in a relationship with actor Tupper from 2007 to 2018.
She had one son with each man.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/anne-heches-son-says-will-presented-by-ex-partner-james-tupper-is-invalid-42028465.html Anne Heche’s son says ‘will’ presented by ex-partner James Tupper is invalid