Smith’s will leaves trust to deceased son

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The question of who will inherit Anna Nicole Smith’s estate was thrown into further confusion Friday with the release of a 2001 will in which the former Playboy centerfold said her fortune should be held in trust for her son – who died last year. The 19-page will did not say how much Smith was worth, so it is still a mystery how much money those battling over her and her baby daughter could get. The document said Smith’s lawyer and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, should be her executor and hold her estate in trust for son Daniel Smith. But her son died last September at age 20 of apparently drug-related causes, days after the birth of the pinup’s daughter, Dannielynn. And the will explicitly leaves out anything for anyone other than the son. Chris Boyett, a trust and estate lawyer not connected to the Smith case, said that since Smith’s son is dead, the court will probably treat her estate as if she had died without a will, meaning her estate would by law go to her baby daughter. “I don’t think the result will be that it goes to no one,” Boyett said. “I think the courts are going to find a beneficiary, and I think the beneficiary is going to be the minor child.” Jeff Baskies, another lawyer who is not involved in the case, said that it was unclear who should get Smith’s estate and that it would depend on the laws in the place where she claimed residency when she died. Smith had a home in the Bahamas. The document was released hours after the judge – who is trying to broker a three-way dispute over the body – gave the OK to embalm Smith’s remains.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I have intentionally omitted to provide for my spouse and other heirs, including future spouses and children and other descendants now living and those hereafter born or adopted,” Smith said in the will, which was signed under her legal name, Vickie Lynn Marshall. Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin ordered the release of the will in the latest round in the tangled legal dispute that broke out after the voluptuous blonde died at a Florida hotel Feb. 8 at age 39. The cause of death is under investigation. Stephen Tunstall, a lawyer for Smith’s estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, had questioned the veracity of the will before its release, calling it a “phantom will” because it was not filed in court. He did not answer questions about the document as he left court Friday. “They say he is an executor. You are not an executor or a personal representative unless a court appoints you,” Tunstall said. Ron Rale, an attorney for Smith who also is representing Stern in his case to prove fatherhood of Dannielynn, said he was aware the will alone wouldn’t win the battle. “The judge wanted it produced, but we won’t depend on it for our case,” he said. last_img read more

Get deal on grub during football

first_imgKETCHUP DINNER HALF OFF: Ketchup restaurant in West Hollywood has slashed its dinner prices in half on Sundays. Entrees are usually $14 to $40. A review on says: “Everyone basks in a pink glow at Ketchup, the tomato-strewn Sunset Strip restaurant filled with kitschy, expensive comfort food. … There’s a certain charm to the white walls, white floors and white tables, punctuated by rows of tomato-shaped lights, red stems on the martini glasses, and actual tomatoes in glass boxes on the tables.” Make a reservation at (310)289-8590. 8590 Sunset Blvd. LOFT MATERNITY 15 PERCENT OFF: Ann Taylor LOFT is introducing a line of maternity clothes with a coupon that gives 15 percent off and free shipping. Go to for the code. FREE PEARL NECKLACE: will send you a free pearl necklace (you pay $3 to ship it) if you sign up for its e-mail newsletter on its Web site. REI 15 PERCENT OFF: Get a quick 15 percent-off coupon at REI by signing up for its GearMail e-mail list. The coupon is good for one full-price item. SWIMSUIT SALE: Diane’s Beachwear in Thousand Oaks and Valencia has a $10-off coupon when you spend at least $50. Go to to print the coupon and get the online code. Expires Sept. 30. Save a buck in the Valley at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yankee Doodles has $2 Michelob Ultra pints, $3 margaritas, $2 kamikaze shots and $5 Long Island ice teas. On Monday, catch the $5 all-you-can-eat buffet. 2830 Tapo St., Simi Valley, (805) 526-1130. MACY’S $25 OFF $100: Go to for the coupon code for online shopping. Expires Saturday. $10 OFF $65 AT NINE WEST: I’ll put the caveat up top on this one. You have to pay with your Visa. Go to for the online coupon code and address to print a coupon for in-store shopping. Good through Feb. 29. The coupon says one-time use only. Not good at outlet or department stores. BARGAIN HUNTER IN YOUR INBOX: I’m now e-mailing the day’s Bargain Hunter posts to anybody who signs up. The “daily digest” goes out once a day Monday through Friday. This might be easier than going to the Web site for some readers. Sign up by e-mailing me at [email protected] FOOTBALL DEALS: Now that football season is here, many bars and restaurants are enticing customers with food and drink specials during the Sunday and Monday games. Here are a few good deals: Free hot dogs Sunday only at the Safari Room, 15426 Devonshire St., Mission Hills, (818) 893-9768. Draft beer is $2.50, domestic bottles are $3.50 and imported bottles are $4.50. Well drinks are $3.75. At Pickwick’s Pub, burgers, french dip sandwiches, tacos and pork sliders are $5 (usually $8 to $9) Sunday and Monday. Buckets of four to five beers are $10. 21010 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, (818) 340-9673. Primetime Sports Bar has free barbecue every Sunday starting at 11a.m. Domestic beer bottles are $3; imported bottles are $4. Pitchers of Coors Light are $9. 9755 Mason Ave. in Chatsworth, (818) 576-3578. Casey’s Tavern at 22029 Sherman Way in Canoga Park sells $2 beers and $2 hot dogs both nights. No other food is served. (818) 992-9362. last_img read more