Friday, May 9, 2014
As I have previously discussed, Mickey Rooney left his modest $18,000 estate to his stepson/caretaker, Mark Rooney. Jan Rooney, Mickey’s estranged wife, is now filing a challenge against the validity of the will, arguing the will contains “a blatant misstatement” about agreements between her and the actor. A court filing says Jan signed an agreement waiving all claims to her husband’s estate after they separated in June 2012.
Rooney signed the will just weeks before his death at age 93. He “intentionally omitted” and disinherited his eight surviving biological children, believing they were financially better off than he was. Attorney Michael Augustine believes Rooney’s widow is merely seeking public attention with her challenge since there is not much money to fight over.
See Alan Duke, Mickey Rooney’s Widow Contests Late Actor’s Will, CNN, May 9, 2014.