Prestige Tax and Trust Services were saddened by the news that Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney died on Sunday at the age of 93. Perhaps even sadder are the disputes now raging over his estate. Lawyer revealed on Tuesday that the star left behind an estate of $18,000 bequeathed entirely to his stepson who had become his carer in later life.
Rooney’s estranged wife Jan has been entirely disinherited in the will that was signed on the 11th of March this year. Rooney named Mark Rooney and his wife Charlene as the sole beneficiaries. Jan Rooney will inherit his pensions and Social Security thanks to a prior settlement that was made in 2012.
A hearing will take place later today to decide whether Rooney’s remains will be released to Jan Rooney, is eighth wife, or his lawyer, Michael Augustine. This hearing will be carried out following a court order granted to Augustine to prevent Jan from removing the actor’s remains from a mortuary in Glendale, California. This removal would have gone against Rooney’s express wishes. The judge ordered that Rooney’s body be kept under lock and key until after the hearing.
15 years ago, Mickey Rooney purchased a burial plot for himself, but his lawyer has now revealed that the star made it clear that he no longer wanted to make sure of it. However a lack of funds towards the end of his life meant that he could not purchase another plot. His lawyer now insists that Rooney wanted to be laid to rest in a veteran’s cemetery or a Hollywood cemetery with other stars.
While Rooney had a good relationship with his other surviving children, he felt that Mark was less financially stable than the rest of them and should therefore inherit his estate. Probate will begin on his will on the 12th of May.
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