Anne Heche died with about $400,000 in her name, according to new court documents – as her ex-boyfriend and adult son are willing to take care of her estate.
The ex-boyfriend of ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’ actress James Tupper appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where a judge denied his application to appoint 13-year-old son Atlas Tupper, whom he shared with Heche, as adjudicator.
James was embroiled in a contentious battle with Heche’s eldest son Homer Laffoon over control of her estate after her death on August 12 – arguing that he was “the person with the highest appointment priority”.
But Judge Lee R. Bogdanoff reminded James’ attorney Christopher Johnson Tuesday: “We’re not here to pick the best. I’m here to decide if [Laffoon’s] qualified or disqualified,” reported People.
James shook his head, which infuriated the judge.
“Why are you shaking your head?” asked Bogdanoff. “It’s very disrespectful. Never shake your head when you come back up. Please take your hands out of your pockets, sir. Do you want to say something?”
James replied, “Sure. I don’t think his older brother will take care of him. We waited two months to come into the apartment.”
Tupper further claimed that his son was not allowed to get his belongings, which are still in Heche’s apartment.
During the 15-minute hearing, the attorney noted that Heche’s estate – the value of which was revealed in court filings filed earlier this month – would be divided equally between Atlas and Laffoon.
Laffoon was appointed interim administrator of her estate on September 22. Heche died as a result of a violent car accident on August 5 that left her in a coma with severe burns.
James and Heche were together for 11 years and shared custody of Atlas, who also appeared in court on Tuesday.
“We are pleased – but not surprised – by the court’s ruling this morning denying James’ application to appoint himself as Atlas’ barrister,” Laffoon’s attorney Bryan Phipps said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“We look forward to the court deciding Homer’s application at the next hearing, and in the meantime, Homer will continue to diligently administer the estate in accordance with his powers as special administrator.”
In documents obtained by the Post, Laffoon said his mother’s estate consists of “a few modest” bank accounts, royalties and other income, a company with which she has developed various projects, and “tangible personal property of unknown value.”
Laffoon said he expects the property could receive an additional $400,000 from royalties, backlogs and future earnings from Heche’s posthumous memoir, Call Me Anne, due for release in January 2023.
Laffoon also said his mother lived in an apartment and did not own a home at the time of her death, the affidavit said.
The eldest son will remain temporary special administrator of Heche’s estate, at least until the next hearing on November 30.
The judge also told Tupper he had until October 20 to appeal.
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