Anne Heche’s son Homer Laffoon was officially named general administrator of her estate on Wednesday, People reported. The ruling by Judge Lee Bogdanoff in Los Angeles followed a months-long legal battle with Heche’s ex-boyfriend James Tupper.
“We believe the court reached the right result this morning, both legally and fairly, and are pleased to have this phase of the process behind us,” Laffoon’s attorney Bryan Phipps told People.
Heche died on August 14, nine days after she crashed a car into a Los Angeles home and suffered severe burns in the resulting fire.
Afterward, Tupper claimed to be in possession of a will—which Laffoon says never existed—that named him heir to Heche’s estate. Laffoon (20) petitioned for control of the estate in September and later claimed Tupper forged his mother’s signature.
Laffoon also claimed that Tupper tried to stop him from contacting his 13-year-old half-brother and James Tupper’s son, Atlas Heche Tupper, as People previously reported. Meanwhile, Tupper claimed in court that $200,000 worth of jewelry went missing from Heche’s home after her fatal accident.
“With Mr. Tupper’s allegations and objections now resolved, we hope that the administration of the estate can continue without unnecessary complications,” Phipps said in his statement to People.
While Tupper’s attorney Christopher B. Johnson claimed that Heche had “mismanaged” his assets, Bogdanoff gave no credence to the claim. The judge said Laffoon could be removed as an administrator if evidence of fraud or embezzlement in the case came to light, but that nothing of the sort had emerged.
After the August 5 car accident, Heche fell into a coma on August 8 and remained on life support until August 14. Her estate was later sued by the tenant of the house she crashed into.
Bogdanoff said Wednesday that the value of the estate has yet to be determined, but scheduled a future hearing on the matter.
Laffoon was given “special powers” over his mother’s assets in October, allowing him to preserve and take possession of her property.
Tupper previously objected to this ruling and claimed in court documents that Laffoon “acted in a hostile manner” towards him and his son Atlas. Tupper’s objection claimed that “Atlas has no confidence in [Homer]ability to fulfill its fiduciary obligations to Atlas.”
Bogdanoff encouraged Laffoon and Atlas to “talk about things”, since Atlas was simply “caught in the crossfire” of the battle.
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