Legendary Chicago radio personality Herb Kent’s daughter used to go with him to public events and is widely known in the music industry. When he died at age 88 in October 2016, she and her son, Kent’s only grandchild, were completely left out of the will. Robbin says she is launching a crowd funding website to raise money to pay for legal fees that will result from the estate battle.
“It is with a heavy and exhausted heart that I come to you all for assistance in these trying times. Along with losing my father, I am in the midst of a tedious legal battle over my father’s estate,” Robbin said in a post on the funding site.
The Chicago Sun-Times, in the recent article, “Famed DJ Herb Kent’s daughter is contesting her father’s will,” says that although Kent’s net worth wasn’t known at the time of his death, the Hall of Fame DJ worked for 65 years in the Chicago radio market, performed at paid gigs nationwide and taught at Chicago State University for many years. He owned at least two residences.
Robbin and her father’s longtime girlfriend, Linda Stanford, had a contentious relationship, according to the elder Kent’s friends. They also say that Kent’s mental health declined over the last few years of his life. Robbin is accusing Stanford of manipulating her father in his last years. Robbin argues that they weren’t married, and her father had dementia. She says Stanford took advantage of him and “ran amuck.”
According to the will filed in the county probate, signed by Herbert R. Kent, Stanford is designated the executor of the estate, with his longtime radio producer as the successor executor (if Stanford is unable to fulfill her role). Robbin and Kent’s only grandchild were both left out of the will entirely.
Robbin was quoted as saying that she does not think her father would have wanted his only heir to be left out, and that she fully intends to fight for what she believes is rightfully hers.
Reference: Chicago Sun-Times (June 8, 2017) “Famed DJ Herb Kent’s daughter is contesting her father’s will”