The battle for Anne Heche’s succession is far from over.
Heche’s eldest son, Homer Laffoon, filed new court documents this week challenging the validity of a 2011 email his mother allegedly sent to ex-boyfriend James Tupper naming him executor of her estate. succession.
The 20-year-old insists the email ‘does not meet the legal requirements of a formal will valid before a witness’ as it ‘was not signed by [Heche] and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during [her] lifetime.”
“Mr. Tupper repeatedly refers to the email… as a ‘will’. However, at law, the email is not considered a holograph will or a formal witnessed will,” said he wrote in his file, which was obtained by Page Six.
Therefore, Laffoon claims he is “the person with the highest priority for appointment” and is “legally entitled to be appointed as a director”.
Additionally, he alleges that it “was not uncommon” for his mother “to send emails such as the attached one … when faced with uncertainty. In fact, [Heche] sent a similar email to his accountant on April 7, 2020, after [she] contracted COVID-19.
“This document, which does not qualify as a will in the same way as the email … makes no reference to Mr. Tupper, which is not surprising given their acrimonious breakup in 2018,” Laffoon argues. .
After Heche’s death on August 12, Laffoon filed a petition to be named executor of his estate and requested that he and his half-brother, Atlas Tupper, be listed as their mother’s sole heirs.
However, Tupper – who fathered Atlas, 13, with Heche – filed his own paperwork in which he claimed the late star emailed him in January 2011 which read: “For your information, in case I die tomorrow and someone asks. I wish all my assets to pass under the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used in raising my children and then given to the children.
In her filing, Tupper, 57, further argued that Laffoon “is not fit” to run the Heche estate, pointing to her young age, lack of employment and estranged relationship with her mother when she is dead.
The actor also alleged that Laffoon changed the locks on Heche’s apartment, which she shared with Atlas, and blocked the teenager from accessing her belongings inside.
Tupper also claimed the half-brothers have had no contact since Heche’s death on August 12.
In its new filing, Laffoon calls Tupper’s allegations “unsubstantiated personal attacks” and “frivolous legal claims.”
Heche – who shared Laffoon with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon – died aged 53 after a car crash on August 5 that left her in a coma with severe burns and serious injuries. She was later taken off life support and her organs were donated.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner listed a fractured sternum from blunt trauma as a contributing factor to his death, which was ruled accidental.
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