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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, May 29, 2009

Astor Estate Update

Astor_brooke I have posted multiple blogs on the trial of Mrs. Brooke Astor's son, Anthony Marshall, including here and here.

The following is an update on how the trial is progressing.  

  • The 30+ wills and amendments that were executed by Mrs. Astor were placed in bulky binders on a tri-level cart in the court room.
  • The last four weeks of trial have focused on Mrs. Astor's mental condition. 
  • Now the trial is focusing on the time period during which Mrs. Astor executed the codicil giving her son full control of her residual estate. 
  • The lawyer who helped Mrs. Astor execute a codicil just a month before she executed the codicil at issue was recently called to testify about Mrs. Astor's mental condition during the critical time period. 

See John Eligon, Focus on Astor's Many Wills, and a Lawyer in the Middle, NY Times, May 26, 2009.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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