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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Millionaire Steve Bing’s Estate At Center Of Paternity and Disinheritance Dispute In California Probate Court

Bing"Steve Bing, a wealthy Hollywood movie investor, committed suicide earlier this year in Los Angeles."

Kira Kerkorian has submitted a DNA test stating that she is Bing's biological child. Bing's will disinherited any children he may have had. Bing also died with a Trust "naming the Clinton Foundation as its sole beneficiary."

Kira retrieved DNA from Bing's body in the morgue. It was first revealed that Bing was Kira's father "in a legal dispute between Kira's mom and her ex-husband, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian." 

According to the California Probate court paternity can be established by clear and convincing evidence.

"Sometimes a child can be considered an omitted child under California law if they were born after the execution of decedent’s testamentary documents.  However, in certain circumstances even an omitted child still receives nothing from the California probate estate. . ." 

In an earlier case, "the California appellate court determined that a general disinheritance clause can defeat an omitted child claim for unknown children born before the execution of a will or trust.  Here, it appears that Kira was in utero at the time that Bing executed the will."

See Millionaire Steve Bing’s Estate At Center Of Paternity and Disinheritance Dispute In California Probate Court, Probate Stars, September 15, 2020. 

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