Thicke estate dispute involves prenuptial agreement
A recent story online outlines the latest developments in the Alan Thicke estate dispute. The Canadian actor and star of the TV show Growing Pains passed away on December 13, 2016 in Burbank, California. He was playing ice hockey with his son when he collapsed. He died due to a ruptured aorta at the age of 69.
After his passing, his sons Robin Thicke and Brennan Thicke filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting the Court to uphold a prenuptial agreement their father had with his third wife, Tanya Callau Thicke. Mr. Thicke and his future wife apparently entered into this agreement four days before their 2005 wedding.
Robin and Brennan are claiming Tanya is attempting to increase her share of the actor’s estate. Mr. Thicke apparently left her $500,000 from a life insurance policy, all the furniture from a ranch property, all death benefits from his pensions, multiple union memberships, and 40% of the estate that remained. They are also alleging that Tanya threatened to take her claims to the media unless Robin and Brennan recognize her claims.
The two brothers are co-trustees of the Thicke Living Trust which was created in 1998.
Tanya has not challenged the validity of the prenuptial agreement
Notwithstanding the allegations being made by Robin and Brennan, Tanya’s attorney has told the media that she has no intention of filing a legal proceeding to challenge the validity of the prenuptial agreement.
The agreement waived spousal support which would be unfair to Tanya because Alan Thicke was worth about $20 million. Additionally, she did not receive legal advice before the agreement was signed.
The materials filed on her behalf claim that she has decided to accept the terms of the prenuptial agreement without contesting it. Therefore, her position is that the brothers have initiated the Court proceeding in an attempt to smear her reputation.
None of the allegations have been proven in Court. The hearing date for this matter is September 14, 2017. Based on the few available details, it seems like there is no need for a Court proceeding in this matter. As Tanya has chosen not to challenge the terms of the prenuptial agreement, it is unclear what the brothers are trying to accomplish.
It will be an interesting story to follow.
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