Anne Heche’s eldest son, Homer Laffoon, is trying to take control of his mother’s estate.
The ‘Six Days Seven Nights’ actress crashed her car into a home in Los Angeles in August, resulting in her suffering a “serious anoxic brain injury” and slipping into a coma. Days later, she died after being taken off life support. Heche was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, so “she will be among her Hollywood peers,” according to a statement from Laffoon, per Entertainment Tonight. “Hollywood Forever is a vibrant place where people attend movies, concerts and other events,” Laffoon continued. “She was our mother, but the kindness and outpourings of the last few days have reminded us that she also belongs to her fans, to the entertainment community and now to eternities.”
In addition to Laffoon, Heche is also survived by her 13-year-old son, Atlas Tupper, whom she shared with actor James Tupper. Now that Heche has passed away a month ago, Laffoon is trying to manage the actor’s remaining fortune. However, a legal expert exclusively tells Nicki Swift that Laffoon could face closer scrutiny in his efforts to do so.
The lawyer says Anne Heche’s son will not face an easy transition
According to court documents obtained by E! News, Homer Laffoon is trying to take control of Anne Heche’s estate, despite the actor leaving no will. “Concurrently with this petition was filed a petition for the appointment of a guardian adjudicator for the minor,” the documents read, “which specifically requests that the guardian adjudicator be granted authority to waive bail on the minor’s behalf.”
But real estate and probate attorney Jack Hales, founding partner of Dallas, Texas-based Hales & Sellers, PLLC, exclusively tells Nicki Swift it would be difficult for Laffoon to make that happen. For one, the lack of a will creates “heavy judicial oversight and an opportunity for controversy” as there may not be a known executor to distribute the estate. It may also be “many months” before an executor is even identified, as some counties suffer from a backlog. Identifying the “heirs-in-law” can also prove difficult and must be clarified before an administrator is appointed.
However, all hope is not lost. Hales said Laffoon “will probably be able to get through the process,” but there will be “more publicity and trouble than he would like.” The fact that Atlas Tupper is a minor could complicate the case, as the court “will ensure that Atlas’ legacy is protected and well cared for”. It’s also possible that Laffoon “will be set aside in favor of an older member of the family” (Heche’s mother is alive), assuming he doesn’t have “sufficient experience to administer an estate.”