The brother of slain Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen is scheduled to appear in a Santa Monica courtroom Friday morning seeking to be granted letters of special administration of his late sister’s estate, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
In documents filed with the Los Angeles County Superior court, Lawrence Cohen is requesting to be appointed as special administrator of Chasen’s vast estate valued at more than $6 million dollars. Cohen is one of three living executors nominated in Chasen’s 1994 will.
The petition for Letters of Special Administration filed by Cohen on November 30 states that he needs to be appointed special administrator for the estate because “the petitioner is in possession of the key to a safe deposit box held in the name of the decedent. Although the contents of the safe deposit box are unknown, it is suspected that a more recent executed will of the decedent may be contained in said safe deposit box since a new will was prepared for her in 2006.”
In addition, Cohen notes that Chasen & Company — the public relations firm owned by his late sister — employs several employees and has contractual commitments which require immediate attention. The company represents numerous clients in the film industry and Cohen states that “Oscar Season” is extremely busy for the company and its clients require active representation during this time.
Cohen claims it would be detrimental to the estate if Chasen & Company were to cease functioning, and he is seeking to “take custody of all bank, savings, and other financial or investment accounts titled in decedent’s name, and change or transfer title to one or more accounts in the name of the decedent’s estate, utilize the funds of said estate to pay past due, due and ongoing expenses of Chasen & Company required in order to preserve and/or protect the business.”
The documents also state that Chasen – also known as Ronni Sue Cohen – never married and does not have any chiildren.
Stay tuned to RadarOnline.com to find out if the judge will grant Cohen’s request to take over his late sister’s estate.
UPDATE: Judge Craig D. Karlan has appointed Ronni Chasen’s brother Lawrence Cohen as the special administrator of her estate and has waived bond. Cohen is the father of the two nieces named in Ronni’s will, Melissa Cohen, to whom she left the bulk of her estate, and Jill Cohen Gatsby to whom she only left $10. The judge noted during the hearing that his own sister-in-law runs one of the charities Chasen has left money to in her will.