Glen Campbell’s Children Can Contest His Wills, Judge Rules
The three children excluded from Glen Campbell's wills can contest those wills' validity, a Tennessee judge has ruled. The two wills, composed in 2006, name Campbell's wife, Kim, the executor of the singer's $50 million estate. However, both wills leave out mention of any benefits to Campbell's three children with second wife Billie Jean Nunley: Kelli, William Travis and Wesley Kane.
The Tennessean now reports that Probate Judge David Randy Kennedy has ruled that those three adult children have the right to contest the validity of the two wills, dated Sept. 1, 2006, and Jan. 7, 2001, from which they are excluded. Kennedy cited Campbell's progressive Alzheimer's disease as a factor in the ruling, stating that due to his illness, Campbell may not have had the capacity to make the decisions reflected in the will, and that the country star could have been subjected to "undue influence" during the process of writing or making changes to the document.
This is not the first time that the Campbell family has experienced legal drama. In 2016, the Campbell's two oldest children saw their fight with their stepmother (Kim Campbell) for visitation rights resolved with a law passed in their favor. The Falk act, signed into law by Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, allows for family and close friends of a person with Alzheimer's, dementia or other diseases to visit with that person, regardless of the opinion of a conservator.
Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011. The Country Music Hall of Famer played his last show in 2012 and died on Aug. 8, 2017.
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