While an estate plan created while he was living was acceptable to all parties while he was living, only five months after his passing, Thicke’s two oldest sons have filed a petition with the LA County Superior Court regarding claims that the actor’s widow, Tanya Callau, is challenging the terms of the couple’s 2005 prenuptial agreement.
The Fox News article, “Alan Thicke's sons in legal battle with his widow over his estate,” reminds us that the actor died unexpectedly at age 69, when a major artery ruptured while he was playing hockey with his younger son, Carter.
A month before his death, the latest version of his living trust was drafted, offering control of his assets to his brother, Todd Thicke. But Todd had the option to decline, which he took, and that gave Thicke’s sons, co-trustees Brennan and Robin, control.
Thicke allegedly left his three children equal shares of a Carpinteria ranch, 75% of his personal effects and 60% of his remaining estate. He left his wife Tanya Callau the ranch’s furnishings, 25% of his personal effects, $500,000 in a life insurance policy, all benefits from his various pensions and union memberships, along with 40% of his remaining estate. Alan also allowed for her to continue to live on the ranch, provided she’s able to reasonably maintain the property.
However, Tanya is now claiming that this agreement violates the terms of their initial prenuptial agreement.
The sons say Tanya didn’t dispute the terms in February, but now she has changed her posture with Alan gone. She claims the prenup she signed won’t be held valid. Instead, she’s seeking an arrangement that looks more like that to which she previously thought she was entitled.
In the petition, the sons’ attorney even suggested that Callau threatened to share details of this family squabble with the press, but her lawyer denies that claim.
Callau’s attorney, Adam Streisand, disputed this, speaking with a reporter from show biz’s Variety. He claims that she has repeatedly tried to get Thicke’s sons and other family members together for a mediation, which they have declined to do.
Reference: Fox News (May 17, 2017) “Alan Thicke's sons in legal battle with his widow over his estate”