Sunday 25 February 2018

Mickey Rooney widow to contest will leaving modest fortune to stepson

Estranged eighth wife of Mickey Rooney denies signing document relinquishing claim to actor’s estate

Mickey Rooney. Photo: AP
Mickey Rooney. Photo: AP

Mickey Rooney’s widow will begin legal proceedings to challenge the will he drew up three weeks before he died which left his small fortune to his stepson.

The actor, who passed away last month aged 93, left just $18,000 (£10,700) in his estate, all of which is due to go to his stepson, Mark Rooney, who he was living with until his death.

But at Los Angeles County Probate Court on Monday, his estranged eighth wife Janice will begin the process of challenging the validity of the will, which claims she signed away all her rights to his estate when they separated in June 2012 after 34 years of marriage.

Eugene Belous, her lawyer, told CNN that the will contained "a blatant misstatement" about agreements between the two.

"There is no provision ... that terminates or in any way effects [her] rights as surviving spouse," he said.

Despite a career spanning 90 years, Rooney apparently lost most of his money due to poor financial management. The will also disinherited Rooney’s eight biological children and two other stepchildren.

An attorney for Mark Rooney has said the actor felt he should get the money because he and his wife had cared for him until his death.

While he felt no negative thoughts towards his other children, he believed they were capable of caring for themselves financially.

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