Anne Heche‘s loved ones continue to battle it out over her estate amid reports the actress died without a will.
Tension has escalated between her eldest son, Homer Laffoon, and her ex-boyfriend James Tupper. Homer, 20, has filed paperwork to be the administrator of her estate along with his half-brother, Atlas, 13 – Heche’s son with Tupper – requesting they be named the legal heirs to their mother’s reported $US4 million ($5.8 million) fortune.
However, Tupper, 57, alleges Heche sent him an email in January 2011 in which he claimed she appointed him administrator of her estate.
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“FYI in case I die tomorrow and anyone asks. My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children,” read an email allegedly from Heche, which Tupper included in his own filing.
In new paperwork obtained by People, Homer has questioned the validity of the email as it “fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a valid formal witnessed will” and 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 – as a matter of law – the email does not qualify as either a holographic will or formal witnessed will,” the paperwork read.
Laffoon argues he is, therefore, “the person with the highest priority of appointment” and is “legally entitled to appointment as administrator”.
But in Tupper’s filing, he claimed Laffoon “is not suitable” to run Heche’s estate, due to his young age, lack of employment, and alleged estranged relationship with his half-brother and their mum before she died – claims Homer has rubbished.
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“Mr Tupper’s claims regarding [Homer’s] ‘suitability’ to serve as personal representative are not only immaterial, they are inaccurate and unfounded,” Homer’s legal paperwork argued.
“Mr Tupper’s allegation that [Homer] has not had contact with his brother [Atlas] since their mother’s death is patently false. [However,] Mr Tupper’s aggressive and manipulative actions toward [Homer] have made it difficult for [him] to interact with Atlas regularly.”
Homer also argued he “maintained a close and active relationship” with his mother before until her death, despite Tupper’s “vile” allegations that they were “estranged” when she died on August 11 from injuries sustained in a fiery car crash.
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Homer is Heche’s son from her marriage to Coleman Laffoon, a former cameraman who now works as a real estate broker. The couple were married in 2001 but officially divorced in 2008. She then dated actor James Tupper and they welcomed Atlas in 2009 before they split in 2018.
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