“A Nashville judge has ruled that three children of the late Glen Campbell have a right to contest the validity of two wills that cut them off from any inheritance from the late singer.”
Davidson County, Tennessee Probate Judge David Randy Kennedy recently held that three of Glen Campbell’s children, who were disinherited from the singer’s estate, have the legal standing to contest wills dated September 1, 2006 and January 7, 2001.
The Tennessean reported it its recent article, “Glen Campbell's children have right to contest wills that cut them off inheritance”, that Travis, Kelli and Wesley Campbell petitioned the court to certify that a will contest existed. The three were the only children of Campbell who were left out of both wills.
Anyone who may have a potential interest from the will, can challenge a will. The most successful challengers are usually spouses. The most successful grounds for a will contest are that the decedent lacked testamentary capacity or that the person was unduly influenced to draft the will to benefit a certain person.
Judge Kennedy noted in his decision that, in this case, the three Campbell children intended to contest their father's capacity to agree to the wills and also that he was subject to undue influence. Campbell suffered from Alzheimer's disease for a few years, before he died on August 7, 2017.
The 2006 will was filed by Kimberly Campbell, Glen’s widow, who was also named executor of his estate. She recently filed notice that she wouldn’t challenge the right of the three children to contest the will. Judge Kennedy said in his decision, that there was no opposition to the certification request.
The 2006 will names Kimberly and Glen’s five other children as beneficiaries. A fourth Campbell child, Debbie Campbell-Cloyd, has raised questions about the actions of a former publicist and manager for the singer, Stanley B. Schneider, who has been acting as a temporary administrator of the estate.
Debbie asked the probate judge to order Schneider to provide a full accounting of payments made from the estate and a bank account into which Glen Campbell's royalties have been deposited. She argued that the royalties should have been deposited into an estate account. However, even after Campbell's death, the money was deposited into an account controlled by Kimberly and Glen Campbell. Schneider, according to court filings, had power of attorney over the account.
Reference: The Tennessean (July 25, 2018) “Glen Campbell's children have right to contest wills that cut them off inheritance”