Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sherman Hemsley Still on Ice and His Estate Still at a Standstill

Images-4As I have previously blogged about, there were disputes surrounding Sherman Hemsley's estate that were keeping him from being buried.  A worker at the San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso confirmed that Hemsley was still at the home, unburied, and that they were waiting on a court order that will instruct them what to do with the body.  

The trial on the actor's estate and remains was delayed when Richard Thornton came forward claiming to be Hemsley's brother.  Thornton is also challenging the signature on the will.  To complicate matters further, a third person has also come forward vowing to intervene on the issue prior to the October 31st bench trial date.  

Even if Thornton is actually determined to be Sherman's brother, he will still have to have a legal basis of challenging the will such as duress, lack of capacity or fraud. If Thornton is not actually Sherman's brother, then he will be held legally accountable for his fraud on the court. 

See Hollie McKay, Sherman Hemsley Still Not Buried 3 Months After Death; Bizarre Legal Dispute Continues, FoxNews, Oct. 29, 2012. 

Special thanks to Craig M. Scalise (Attorney and Counselor at Law, Scalise Law Firm) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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