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Michael Douglas Second In Line To Manage Kirk Douglas Estate

By Liz Walters

The widow of the late legendary actor Kirk Douglas, Anne Buydens, has filed her late husband's will in a Los Angeles Court for safekeeping. Per Kirk Douglas' will, obtained by The Blast, his son, Michael Douglas, would be second in line to administer his estate. For the time being, however, Kirk's widow Anne is in charge.

In Anne Buyden's petition, obtained by The Blast, she is asking a judge to grant the authority to act as the executor of her late husband's Estate. She lists the estimated value of Kirk's Estate to be $285,000 and states that a copy of the Kirk's 2016 Will was provided to court.

Read Kirk Douglas' Will:

According to the document, Kirk Douglas' widow states the "Proposed executor is named as executor in the will and consents to act". In other words, Buyden is willing to be the personal representative of her late husband's estate.

In Douglas' will, also obtained by The Blast, Kirk nominates Anne to act alone as sole Executor, and if she is unable, is unwilling, or ceases to act, power would transfer to his son Michael Douglas, along with friends Anita May Rosenstein and Arnold Rosenstein.

Screenshot of Kirk Douglas' signature

Kirk Douglas leaves all of his assets to his widow Anne, and names his surviving adult sons Michael, Peter, and Joel Douglas as beneficiaries of his Will, along with the Whittier Trust Company, who was nominated as a successor executor.

The 'Spartacus' actor died on February 5, 2020, at the age of 103. At the time of his death, Michael Douglas posted the announcement on his Instagram and wrote:

"To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the Golden Age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to."

Kirk and Michael Douglas together

To commemorate the one year anniversary of his father's passing, Michael Douglas recently shared a sweet photo of the two of them from Kirk's 103 birthday celebration and said, "Can’t believe it’s been a year since you left us. At 103, you picked a good time to check out. I love you with all my heart! #KirkDouglas."

During the quiet party, which was thrown by the Douglas family in 2019, Michael explained how difficult it was celebrating the day with his pops:

"Well, it’s like, so 100. Okay, so he was 100. Big birthday, big birthday. The trouble is, when you’re 100, you don’t really want a big birthday."

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