Saturday, June 5, 2010
Duffy-Hopper’s prenuptial agreement entitled her to 25% of Hopper’s estate and life insurance policy as long as they remained married and living together. Despite Hopper filing for divorce in January, the couple was still married when he died. The issue is whether or not living in side-by-side houses constitutes “living together.”
Duffy-Hopper thinks that Hopper’s three adult children from a prior marriage masterminded the divorce and are trying to exclude her and the couple’s daughter, Galen, from Hopper’s estate. Thus, Duffy-Hopper will most likely argue that Hopper’s children had undue influence on Hopper at the time he executed his estate plan in addition to Hopper lacking competency.
See Luchina Fisher, Dennis Hopper Funeral Today; Estate Battle Looms, ABC News, June 2, 2010.