Jim Reeves Estate Battle Nearing a Close

Posted on July 27th, 2011 No Comments

The long, strange battle over the estate of late country musician Jim Reeves may soon be over.

Earlier this month, Nashville Seventh Circuit Court Judge Randy Kennedy ruled that the dispute would be narrowed to the interpretation of a 1976 will written by Reeves’ widow.  A trial has been tentatively set for October.

The country crooner died on July 31, 1964 when a single-engine private plane he was piloting crashed. His widow, Mary Reeves, took over managing Reeves’ posthumous career. She has released only a portion of the 100 demos that Reeves had recorded and stored away during his lifetime.

In the mid-1999s Mary signed away her late husband’s entire catalog of songs in exchange for $7.6 million in two promissory notes from United Shows of America. The company was owned by a former bank official named Ed Gregory Jr. He sold most of Reeves’ collection of memorabilia. The administrator of Mary’s estate had filed a lawsuit in 2001, challenging the transactions. This battle went on for more than four years, until a new will surfaced in 2005.

Mary Reeves’ second husband, Terry Davis, claimed he discovered in an old safe a one-page, handwritten will that Mary had allegedly written years before, leaving him the bulk of her estate, including all rights to Reeves’ music, royalties, and legacy.

If you are involved in an estate battle involving contested wills, please contact the Houston Contested Will Lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., by calling 281-362-2865.

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