Friday, January 25, 2008
As you may remember, there has been an ongoing controversy surrounding Brook Astor’s estate.
Here is an update from Ianthe Jeanne Dugan, As Battle Rages Over Astor Fortune, Crumbs for the Staff, Wall St.J., Jan. 12, 2008, at A1, concerning Astor’s employees’ allegations that they were wrongfully cut out of the socialite’s will:
For 41 years, Steven Hamor groomed the lawns and flower gardens of Brooke Astor's seafront estate[.]***
Mr. Hamor had health insurance, assurances of retirement income and $50,000 promised to him in the will of the heiress to a fur and finance fortune.***
Now the Hamors say they are struggling to pay their bills. Mr. Hamor, along with his sons and most of Mrs. Astor's staff in Maine and New York, was fired before the famed socialite died in August at the age of 105.***
The dismissals cut most workers out of Mrs. Astor's will, which stipulated they be in her employ when she died.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.