In the wake of the Six Days Seven Nights actress’ Aug. 11 death, her family is sorting out everything that she left behind, and there’s already a heated dispute over who should be in charge and get what.
Heche left behind two sons from two relationships — her 20-year-old son Homer Laffoon, with ex-husband Coley Laffoon, and 13-year-old Atlas Tupper, from her relationship with her Men in Trees co-star James Tupper. While Homer requested to serve as special administrator of Heche’s estate late last month, with it noted Heche didn’t have a will, James, on behalf of his minor son Atlas, is now contesting Homer’s appointment.
Yahoo Entertainment has obtained the court document filed by James on Thursday objecting to Homer as special administrator. In it, James claims Heche sent him a will on Jan. 25, 2011, when they were still a couple, and asked him to oversee her estate “in case I die tomorrow.” He also outlines numerous reasons why he feels Homer is not equipped for the job, including that he lacks expertise, is unemployed and was estranged from Heche when she died.
In the filing is an email James said was sent from Heche’s email to himself as well as entertainment attorney Kevin Yorn and his executive assistant. It had the subject “Will” and in it she asked it to serve as her word until final papers were drawn up. She requested should she die, her assets go to James with the intent for him to raise the boys on her behalf, dividing her assets among them equally. She noted each get control of their portion of the money at age 25, and at that time could sell her real estate and split the money. (Heche seemingly never filed an actual will. She and Tupper split in 2018 after 10 years, but continued to share a home for the next year along with the two boys.)
In the filing, James’s lawyer says that James should have “priority of appointment as administrator” because Heche “makes her intent clear by writing that, ‘My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr. James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children.'”
James’s legal team argues there’s “no urgent need to appoint a special administrator at this time” in the first place as Homer’s filing was trying to speed up the process. Instead, they should wait for the appointment of an executor or administrator under a general probate petition. He then outlines, bluntly, why he claims Homer is “not suitable for appointment as personal representative of this estate,” a job he says should go to someone with “experience and sophistication.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!