Anne Heche's son Homer Laffoon slams mom's ex James Tupper, claims her email is not legally valid will
James Tupper claims Homer Laffoon is 'too young, unemployed and was estranged from his mother at the time of her death'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In a recent turn of events, actress Anne Heche’s eldest son Homer Laffoon is arguing the legitimacy of the email sent to her ex-boyfriend James Tupper, appointing him as the executor of her estate. Laffoon, now 20, is reportedly fighting back in a new filing, calling the email not legally abiding since Heche never signed the document.
“FYI in case I die tomorrow and anyone asks, My wishes are that all of my assets go to the control of Mr James Tupper to be used to raise my children and then given to the children,” read Heche’s 2011 email. Laffoon’s filing states, “Mr Tupper repeatedly refers to the email as a 'will' however – as a matter of law – the email does not qualify as either a holographic will or formal witnessed will," as per Daily Mail. “'The email was not signed by [Heche] and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during [her] lifetime."
Laffoon's latest petition argues that he should "be in charge of his mother's estate and that he and his half-brother, 13-year-old Atlas Heche Tupper (father James Tupper), be listed as her sole heirs. Laffoon says Heche did not leave any will before her tragic death, “Without a will, there can be no nomination of an executor.” He adds that he is "legally entitled to appointment as administrator."
On the contrary, Tupper, 57, argues that Heche’s email from January 25, 2011, clears all doubts in case of her demise. He further points out that "Laffoon is not suitable to run the estate because he is too young, unemployed and was estranged from his mother at the time of her death."
Laffoon’s attorneys seem confident about winning the case in court after it had appointed him temporarily in charge of the estate, as reported by TMZ. Laffoon hasn’t disclosed the figures in his original petition to the court on how much money or property Heche, 53, owned before her death. The filing says, "Heche’s personal property and her annual income as 'unknown.’" Laffoon is also fighting for the legal guardianship of his brother Atlas.