Contested Wills: Ga. Court Sides with Millionaire’s Mistress

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 No Comments

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the girlfriend of a wealthy car dealer can inherit a large portion of his vast estate.

The state’s highest court voted 4-3 that the proceeds from the sale of a Florida condominium should go to Anne Melican. According to court documents, Melican wheeled Harvey Strother into his lawyer’s office shortly before Strother’s death in 2004 to overhaul his will. Strother guaranteed Melican about $6 million of his $37 million estate.

Strother left the bulk of his assets to his wife Betty and their children in his 1988 will. In December 2003, however, he signed over prime pieces of real estate to Melican, his mistress of 10 years. A lower court found that Melican shouldn’t receive any of the properties, as the will was changed around the time that Strother had been drinking about a gallon and a half of wine each day.

Melican’s attorney argued that she was protected by Florida law, as the will was signed in Florida, and Georgia’s court agreed.

If you need assistance with estate planning or help with a contested will, please contact the Houston contested will lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., by calling 281-362-2865.

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