Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Kirby Puckett's Remains Awarded to Children

"The cremated remains of Twins superstar Kirby Puckett have been awarded to his children by an Arizona judge, who also removed Puckett's friend and business associate, Brian Woods, as executor of his estate. The decision was made this week in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court by Judge Benjamin E. Vatz, who agreed that keeping the remains away had imposed emotional hardship on the Hall of Fame player's children, Catherine Puckett, 16, and Kirby Puckett Jr., 14.

Had Puckett "not wanted his remains to be in the home of" his children, "then he would have taken care to express that wish in writing," the judge ruled. By keeping Puckett's remains from his family, Woods had been "unreasonable" in considering the "clear wishes ... and the emotional needs and desires" of Puckett's children, the judge wrote.

"On behalf of the Puckett family, we are very pleased with the court's ruling," attorney Bridget Logstrom, representing Puckett's former wife, Tonya, and his children, said Tuesday. "The children are looking forward to bringing their father's remains home."" By Paul Levy, Star Tribune Link to Article (last visited 10-15-06 NVS)

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