Law Offices of Connie Yi, PC
California
Estate Planning
& Tax Law
Toll Free: 888-312-6978
Website Navigation Menu

Entertainer Alan Thicke's estate plan now embroiled in litigation

Actor, songwriter and talk show host Alan Thicke died in December of last year, likely thinking prior to his passing that he had duly engaged in estate planning in a reflective and sound manner.

Seemingly, and based on estate administration details that have recently emerged in court documents, he did just that, providing for surviving family members in a specific and reflective way.

Notwithstanding the obvious thought that Thicke put into the process, though, things have seemingly unraveled in a most material manner within just a handful of months after his death.

As reported in various news outlets, two of Thicke's sons, who serve as co-trustees of a trust created by their father, filed a petition in a California state court last week that alleges wrongdoing on the part of Tanya Callau Thicke, Alan Thicke's third wife.

Callau was beneficiary of a $500,000 life insurance policy taken out by Thicke. He additionally provided for her by leaving her with a considerable amount of income-generating assets and personal property.

Court documents reveal that, despite those provisions, Callau contends that there are material issues that need to be judicially addressed and sorted out relating to the trust and to an unfair prenuptial agreement she signed with Thicke prior to their marriage.

The co-trustees' petition states that Callau "threatened to make her claims fodder for 'tabloid publicity'" unless they engaged in mediation and acceded to her demands for administration modifications.

Callau's legal counsel calls the trustees' legal action a "smear tactic" aimed at his client.

Mediation is apparently a true sticking point in the matter. Callau's attorney acknowledges his client's demand that the parties engage in the process. The trustees counter that Callau has no legal right to force that dictate at all, given that the trust -- which already provides for her -- is clearly written and that she already executed a premarital contract.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Now to begin your initial consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

FindLaw Network

Office Locations

Law Offices of Connie Yi, PC
490 Post Street, Suite 508
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-433-3350
Toll Free: 888-312-6978
Map and Directions

Additional Office Locations:
Pleasanton
323 Ray Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: 925-484-0888 
Pleasanton Law Office Map

San Mateo
1900 S. Norfolk Street, Suite 350
San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: 415-433-3350
Map and Directions

Sunnyvale
1250 Oakmead Pkwy, Suite 210 
Sunnyvale, CA 94085 
Phone: 888-312-6978 
Map and Directions