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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Battle Over Dennis Hopper's Estate

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper, star of “Easy Rider,” died last Saturday at age 74 from cancer. At the time of his death, Hopper was in the midst of a bitter divorce battle with Victoria Duffy-Hopper. Now the battle is expected to move from divorce court to probate court, where his widow will likely claim a portion of his $30 million estate.

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. 

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Very interesting story, Prof. Beyer!

Posted by: Neda | Jun 5, 2010 8:49:55 AM

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