In his will, Mickey Rooney disinherited his eight children and left his modest estate to his stepson and caretaker Mark Rooney, just weeks after a judge in Los Angeles signed off an a settlement stemming from an elder abuse lawsuit the revered actor had filed against another stepson, Chris Aber, and his wife, Christine, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
According to the AP: Mickey Rooney’s conservator, attorney Michael Augustine filed the 93-year-old’s will with the probate court in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
On Saturday, Rooney passed away at his home.
The will revealed that Rooney named Augustine as the executor of his estate, and specifically said he didn’t want any of his relatives handling his estate. The late actor’s estate is valued at $18,000.
Radar broke the story: Lawyers for Rooney were expected to square off with representatives for his wife Jan Chamberlain, 75, on Tuesday where they were expected to ask for a protective order on the screen legend’s remains until it can be determined what to do with it.
However, a last minute agreement was reached late Tuesday, prohibiting Rooney’s body from being moved from the mortuary until a court hearing on Friday which will determine where he will be buried.
Just over a month before Rooney died, a formal settlement was formally signed off on a $2.8 million settlement which stepson, Chris and his wife, Christine, allegedly stole from the Breakfast At Tiffany’s star.
According to the settlement agreement, “Chris agrees that judgment shall be entered … in the amount of [$2,865,000.] Mickey Rooney agrees that for good and valuable consideration, this judgement is unenforceable and uncollectable as against Chris and Christina, and their heirs.
“Mickey Rooney agrees that the judgment to be entered to Paragraph 3 above can only be enforced against a policy of insurance, and not against Chris or Christina or their heirs.”
Chris and Christina Abers filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012. Sources tell Radar Rooney’s estate plans on going after a homeowner’s insurance policy held by the Abers in attempt to recoup the judgment.
Meanwhile, the actor’s eighth wife, Jan, will get a portion of Rooney’s modest pension and Social Security benefit. The couple had lived apart for the past year.
Just last year, Rooney testified before Congress about elder abuse and the need for laws and reforms to protect senior citizens from predatory relatives and outside influences.
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