According to a report, Anne Heche’s son Homer Laffoon was given the official title of the general administration of his mother’s estate on Wednesday. The verdict, which was handed down in Los Angeles by Judge Lee Bogdanoff, came after Heche’s ex-boyfriend, James Tupper, fought in court for several months.
According to the comments made by Laffoon’s attorney Bryan Phipps to the publication, “We feel the court reached the correct outcome this morning, both legally and equitably, and we are delighted to have this phase of the process behind us.”
Heche passed away on August 14, 2018, nine days after she was severely burned in a fire that was caused by an automobile accident in which she smashed into a house in Los Angeles.
After that, Tupper asserted that he was in possession of a will that identified him as the successor to Heche’s fortune. However, Laffoon stated that such a will had never existed. In September, Laffoon, who is now 20 years old, filed a petition for control of the estate and later claimed that Tupper had faked his mother’s signature.
Laffoon also claimed that Tupper attempted to prevent him from communicating with his half-brother Atlas Heche Tupper, who is 13 years old and is James Tupper’s son. During this time, Tupper asserted in court that $200,000 worth of jewels disappeared from Heche’s residence after the fatal accident that she was involved.
“Now that Mr. Tupper’s allegations and objections have been resolved, we are hopeful that the administration of the Estate can proceed without any needless complication,” Phipps said in his declaration. “We are hopeful that the management of the Estate can proceed without any unnecessary side effects.”
Last year, Heche and Laffoon were spotted together at a book event in Beverly Hills.
Bogdanoff did not give any credit to the accusation that there was “mismanagement” of Heche’s assets, which was made by Christopher B. Johnson, an attorney for Tupper. The judge stated that Laffoon’s position as the administrator may be revoked if proof of fraud or embezzlement in the matter came to light; however, the judge stated that nothing of the type has come to light.
Heche went into a coma on August 8 as a result of the vehicle accident that occurred on August 5, and she remained on life support until August 14. The occupant of the residence that she crashed into afterward filed a lawsuit against her estate.
On Wednesday, Bogdanoff stated that the valuation of the estate has not yet been determined, but he did schedule a hearing in the near future to discuss the issue.
In October, Laffoon was given “special powers” over his mother’s assets, which allowed him to preserve and take ownership of his mother’s possessions. These “special powers”
Tupper had argued against the verdict in the past and asserted in court records that Laffoon “had acted in a hostile manner” against both him and his son Atlas. Atlas was also mentioned in those documents. Tupper’s objection said that “Atlas has no faith in [Homer’s] ability to meet his fiduciary commitments to Atlas,” which was interpreted as meaning that Atlas did not trust Homer to fulfill his obligations.
Bogdanoff strongly suggested that Laffoon and Atlas “speak about things” because Atlas was only “caught in the crossfire” of the fight.