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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kinkade Estate Settlement

ArtAs I have previously discussed, a court set a hearing date to determine who owns Thomas Kinkade's possessions that were located in his Monte Sereno mansion at the time of his death. I have also discussed how his wife, Nanette Kinkade, and his girlfriend, Amy Pinto-Walsh, have been engaged in a dispute over his estate. Now it appears that the lawyers for both parties have reached a settlement agreement. Pinto-Walsh has agreed to a settle in return for her silence. While we know that the parties' lawyers have reached an agreement, there is no word on the terms of the settlement. The parties' lawyers also did not comment on the legitimacy of the two holographic that Kinkade allegedly wrote or any of the other issues that the hearing was suppose to cover. The parties' lawyers only issued the following statement:

"Putting Mr. Kinkade's message of love, spirituality, and optimism at the forefront, the parties are pleased that they have honored Mr. Kinkade by resolving their differences amicably."

See Julie Prodis Sulek, Secret Deal Ends Girlfriend-Wife Feud Over Painter Thomas Kinkade's Estate, Contra Costa Times, Dec. 19, 2012. 

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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Good Judging 101- Want case settled, schedule hearing for Christmas Eve. Kudos.

Posted by: brian j. cohan | Dec 20, 2012 8:37:55 AM

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