BEVERLY HILLS, February 17, (THEWILL) – Larry King’s widow, Shawn King, has gone to court to contest his will.
According to Page Six, the legendary American broadcaster was worth $2 million and Shawn King planned to file court papers contesting his secret will.
Her lawyers had filed the documents yesterday in an L.A. court.
The late broadcaster, who died last month at 87, had filed for divorce from Shawn in 2019, and last week a “secret” handwritten Will emerged which didn’t involve Shawn and his $2 million estate were left to his kids.
However, Shawn stated in the new papers that Larry’s ill health left him susceptible to “outside influence” which made him not to be aware that he was signing the new will and even before he died, he wasn’t even planning on going through with the divorce.
“Larry was highly susceptible to outside influences and at the time he purportedly executed the [new version of his will] was of questionable mental capacity, having recently suffered a stroke and about to undergo a medical procedure (and possibly already under the influence of pre-operative medication),” the papers read, according to The Blast.
According to her, the 2015 will which was made by her and the late broadcaster “as a couple” with the help of a lawyer should be recognized as the true will and she should be named as the executor of the estate.
“At the time of Larry’s death there was a divorce proceeding that had been pending for quite some time,” the papers say. “Larry was not pushing the divorce and was generally non-responsive and refused to participate in the divorce proceeding. He gave no indication that he actually wanted to pursue a divorce.”
According to The Blast, Shawn stated that the new will “violates the terms of two different post-nuptial agreements between herself and Larry”.
The documents also targeted Larry’s middle son, Larry King Jr.
The Blast stated that Shawn is “accusing Larry of having a ‘secret account’ which he use to make gifts to individuals using community property which is supposed to be hers as she claimed that she has receipts for over $266,000 sent to Larry King Jr. between 2013-2018.
She stated that she wants back 50 per cent of everything he gave to Larry Jr. from the couple’s community property.
Larry Jr. has also stated that he wants to be named the executor of the estate, however, Shawn’s filings say, “Larry indicated that he did not even know of [Larry Jr.’s] existence,” until the son was in his 30s. They add that Larry Jr. has “never been involved in Larry’s career or business, and it would be highly inappropriate to place him in a position of representing Larry’s estate”.
In the secret will, Larry stated that he wanted his estate to go to his five children, Andy, Chaia, Larry Jr. and Chance and Cannon, his two sons from his marriage to Shawn. Andy and Chaia died within weeks of each other in 2020.