It has been about three months since we first discussed the death and related probate litigation of television actor Sherman Hemsley. An actor's death or related probate issues are commonly in the Florida news, but this actor's story has remained in the news for an extended period of time due to the events that have occurred during the probate litigation related to his estate.
Our past discussions have focused on the fact the delay of the burial of the late actor's body, the challenges to his will and the DNA request made during his probate litigation. Now the saga continues regarding the challenges raised in the probate proceedings. In Florida, it is common for family members to challenge the validity of a will or seek the assistance of a probate court to help determine asset distribution. This case challenges the validity of the will and also the legitimacy of potential family members of the late actor.
As previously stated, the late actor's estate is worth an estimated $50,000 and he was an only child. The initial reading of his will named a woman, who was his friend and business partner, as the sole beneficiary. A man, who claims to be the late actor's brother, challenged the validity of the signature on the will and requested a DNA test to prove his family relation.
Now, another man claims to be the cousin of the late actor. The second man claims he does not have the financial means to enter into the probate case and it is unclear if he will become a recognized party within the probate litigation. Sherman Hemsley's body has not yet been buried and the outcome of the probate litigation remains pending.
Source: Fox News, "Sherman Hemsley still not buried 3 months after death; bizarre legal dispute continues," Hollie McKay, Oct. 29, 2012