Anne Heche had NO will, eldest son Homer Laffoon, 20, files for control of her estate
In his petition to the court, Homer points out that the only two surviving heirs of his mother's estate are himself and his minor brother Atlas
MAR VISTA, LOS ANGELES: Anne Heche’s eldest son wants to be in charge of his late mother’s estate after the actress died earlier this month without a will, according to legal documents. Twenty-year-old Homer Heche Laffoon made the request in Los Angeles County Court this week to take control of her fortune. In his petition to the court, Laffoon points out that the only two surviving heirs of his mother's estate are himself and his younger brother Atlas, who is a minor.
However, he also says that it is unclear how much money or property Heche, 53, had to her name before she died. In the filing, Homer lists his mother's personal property and her annual income as 'unknown'. Laffoon is also asking the court to be named as the legal guardian of his brother. The filing, seen by The Blast, says "The Estate consists of two intestate heirs, Homer Heche Laffoon and Atlas Heche Tupper. Homer Heche Laffoon is an adult and the proposed Administrator. Atlas Heche Tupper is a minor. Filed concurrently with this petition is a Petition for Appointment of Guardian ad Litem for the minor, which specifically requests that the guardian ad litem be granted the authority to waive bond on behalf of the minor."
Heche was divorced from Homer's father Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon. He therefore will have no standing in this case. Unless someone contests Homer's claim, he is expected to take charge of his mother's finances.
"My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom," Homer said in a statement to Fox News Digital after his mother's tragic death. "After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom."
"I loved her and I miss her, and I'm always going to," Coleman Laffoon said. "Homer is okay. He's grieving, of course, and it's rough. It's really rough, as probably anybody can imagine. But he's surrounded by family and he's strong, and he's gonna be okay." So for all those people checking in, thank you for checking in, showing us your heart, offering prayers and everything. It's so beautiful. Thank you."
The court will now have to dig into Heche's finances to determine the value of her estate, and what properties she owns. In 2021, it was reported that she was selling her Los Angeles Silver Lake Cottage for around $2 million with co-star and ex-partner Thomas Jane. She has also been previously reported to have owned another home in the Hancock Park-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, a mansion priced at around $4 million.
Heche died following an August 5 crash in Los Angeles. The actress slammed her Mini Cooper into a house, causing an explosion. She was left badly burned and in a coma. Heche's life support machine was turned off on August 14, and she was cremated on August 18. A coroner ruled on August 17 that Heche died from inhalation injury and burns, and the death was ruled an accident. She was ruled brain-dead before she was taken off life support days later once her organs were matched with a recipient.