Anne Heche’s son retains control of estate as legal battle continues

Anne Heche’s eldest son will retain control of the late actor’s estate while a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend continues, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lee Bogdanoff ruled in favor of Homer Laffoon, 20, Heche’s oldest son. Heche’s ex-boyfriend, James Tupper, had also asked to be named the legal guardian of Atlas Heche Tupper, 13, his son with the actor, who died in August.

In earlier court documents, Tupper argued that Laffoon was “unfit to be appointed personal representative of this estate” and that the person in charge of the estate should be “someone with more experience and sophistication. “.

“He is only 20 years old and unemployed, and has been separated from [Heche] at the time of his death due to dropping out of college and not working to support himself,” the filing reads.

Bogdanoff rejected that argument on Tuesday.

“As serious as Mr. Tupper’s testimony is about the importance of preserving the sibling relationship and how the appointment of Mr. [Laffoon] as administrator could affect that relationship, the court is not aware of any authority to support the proposition that the appointment of the current applicant should be declined in favor of someone else of lower priority on the basis of this consideration,” the judge said, according to a court order documenting the hearing.

Tupper’s attorney, Chris Johnson, argued that a 20-year-old was unfit to handle an estate, but it drew a reprimand from Bogdanoff.

“He is not qualified on what basis? In California you can be illiterate and still be an administrator,” the judge said.

Bogdanoff also criticized Tupper for shaking his head after his request for ad litem guardianship was denied.

Laffoon filed a petition in August to be named administrator of Heche’s estate, saying his mother had died without leaving a will.

Tupper followed with a filing in September in which he claimed he was the lawful executor of the estate and asked to be named Atlas’ legal guardian.

Tupper, who is also an actor, claimed in a filing obtained by The Times that Heche emailed him a will in 2011 naming him executor.

Heche died of injuries she sustained when she crashed her car into a house in Mar Vista and was trapped inside for nearly an hour as the house burned.

Laffoon’s court documents say Heche had about $400,000 in assets and he expects about the same amount in residuals and royalties each year.

Bogdanoff scheduled a follow-up hearing for Nov. 30 and extended Laffoon’s temporary control over administration of the estate until Dec. 14, according to the court record.

City News Service contributed to this report.


Los Angeles Times

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