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Monday, February 3, 2014

Harold Simmons' Will Partially Unsealed


As I have previously discussed, a Dallas County probate judge was considering sealing portions of the will of the late Harold Simmons. 

Judge Michael E. Miller has now opened to the public a redacted version of the billionaire’s will.  Instead of sealing the entire case as Simmons’ widow requested, Miller decided to blank out most names in the will as well as some details about the location of some properties.  This partial sealing is valid for six years.

His widow, Annette Simmons, is the executor and the beneficiary of the estate, which has an unspecified value.  Simmons’ biological daughters were left out of the will.  Two daughters were left out of the will because they sued Simmons in the 1990s for misusing family trusts and each received a $50 million settlement.  Trusts are possibly being used to provide for his other two biological daughters. 

See Jeff Mosier, Billionaire Harold Simmons’ Will Partially Unsealed, Some Names and Places Redacted, Dallas News, Feb. 3, 2014.


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