The feud between late Anne Heche‘s family doesn’t seem like ending anytime soon!
Following several weeks of filing legal documents and laying estrangement accusations against Heche’s son, Homer Laffoon, James Tupper is back in the news again. This time, he has filed fresh docs asking the court to make him the legal guardian of his 13-year-old son with the late actress, Atlas Heche Tupper.
James Tupper Does Not Want Homer Laffoon As Legal Guardian Of Atlas
According to the legal paperwork obtained by ET, Tupper filed a “petition for appointment of Guardian Ad Litem” and a “Notice of Intent to File Objections to Homer Heche Laffoon’s Petition for Letters of Administration and Competing Probate Petition.”
The actor’s reason for this filing is that Atlas “has no guardian of his estate” and that he is the teenager’s father and “only living parent.” After noting his love for both Atlas and Laffoon as a father who “wants the best for them,” Tupper stated:
“In order to preserve family harmony and a healthy, brotherly relationship between Atlas and Homer, and given the complexity this estate will foreseeably involve, a bonded, neutral, private professional fiduciary would be a more appropriate administrator.”
Even though a date for the first hearing on matters of Heche’s estate is set for October 11, 2022, one can only imagine what other drama would unfold. Fans would recall that Tupper and Laffoon have been at each other’s throats over who should control Heche’s estate following her unfortunate car crash and subsequent death in August.
Laffoon had kicked things off by filing paperwork in a Los Angeles court on August 31, urging a judge to make him the legal administrator of his late mom’s estate. He also asked to be made “guardian ad litem” over Atlas, claiming that since Atlas is a minor, the bond should be waived by the court.
A response from Tupper was not far behind as he filed docs to suggest that the court appoint a “neutral third party private professional fiduciary” or himself as executor of Heche’s estate instead. In addition, the “Big Little Lies” actor claimed that Laffoon could not become his late mother’s estate administrator due to his unemployment status.
As a retaliation, Homer’s docs stated that “requirements pertaining to employment history or status, educational background, or prior experience administering probate estates” were not grounds for disqualification.
As reported by The Blast, the 20-year-old had been gainfully employed until his mother’s death, resulting in him taking time off work. However, it seems the California native has taken enough time off as he “has every intention of resuming normal studies in short order,” per the docs.
The “Donnie Brasco” Actress’ Family Has Another Court Case Pending
Last month, The Blast reported that Heche had sustained severe injuries after she crashed into a house and caused an inferno. A disaster that unraveled into several other problems after the accident was confirmed to be her fault. One such problem would be that her estate needed to defend itself against a claim for damages from the fatal car accident. According to the filing:
“Due to a motor vehicle accident that occurred shortly before the death of (Heche), there are pending claims against her that require immediate attention. More specifically, I received correspondence from the law firm representing the subrogation claimant informing the representative of (Heche) that a destructive scene and evidence examination of the subject property would take place on September 16, 2022, and that this was the Estate’s opportunity to inspect the scene and remaining evidence, including any liability insurance carriers for her and expert investigators.”
Although the claim did not clarify if the plaintiff wanted insurance or was suing the late actress for damage resulting from the accident and fire, it did add, “On behalf of (Homer), I contacted the attorney handling the claim and was able to arrange for the examination to be postponed to give him adequate time to secure the appointment of a personal representative.”
The filing also hinted at a new book deal that Heche struck before her death, which the publisher and the estate appear to be continuing with. To that end, the docs stated, it expected the estate to “monitor and coordinate” its interests as “the book is brought to market” before the “appointment of an administrator with general powers.”