Anne Heche’s Estate Facing Another Problem

By: Nick Leydorf
estate planning and elder law attorney
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My practice is dedicated to helping families get their affairs in order so that they can stay out of court and out of conflict. I’ve experienced first-hand how a lack of planning can have a terrible impact on a family. One morning, my wife received a phone call that her mother had been found unconscious in her bathroom and had been rushed to a local hospital. We panicked and drove to Grand Rapids as fast as we could to be with her. For two weeks, she never regained consciousness and she passed away. My wife and I were devastated.
The estate of late actress Anne Heche is being sued by Lynne Mishele, the woman who was living in the home, which was destroyed after Heche's vehicle crashed into the house and erupted into flames.

Actress Anne Heche was transported to the hospital after her car crashed into the home of Lynne Mishele on August 5. She died a week later at the age of 53. Her manner of death was listed as an accident in a report released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Fox 10 Phoenix’s recent article entitled “Anne Heche estate sued for $2M by woman whose home was destroyed by fiery car crash” reports that Mishele's lawyer, Shawn Holley, submitted documents to the Los Angeles County court seeking a creditor's claim, and filed the claim requesting "according to proof but at least $2 million."

Creditor claims are common and part of the process when seeking monetary damages from an estate, especially when "liability or amount of debt is disputed."

Mishele was renting the home destroyed in Heche’s crash. While Mishele escaped unharmed, she was immediately displaced and her pets narrowly avoided death.

"Ms. Mishele is devastated by what happened to her on Friday — not only because she and her pets almost lost their lives but because all of her property, including items of profound sentimental value, were destroyed," Shawn Holley, the tenant's attorney, told Fox News Digital at the time. "She asks for privacy at this incredibly difficult time."

Heche's son, Homer Laffoon, was appointed special administrator of her estate and passed another legal hurdle last month after Anne's ex, James Tupper, was denied his petition to be named guardian ad litem over their son, Atlas, 13.

"We are pleased—but not surprised—with the court’s ruling this morning denying James’ petition to appoint himself guardian ad litem for Atlas," Laffoon's lawyer, Bryan Phipps, said in a statement released to Fox News after following the ruling.

"We look forward to the court resolving Homer’s petition at the next hearing and, in the meantime, Homer will continue to diligently administer the Estate pursuant to his authority as Special Administrator."

Tupper continues to contest the estate planning and said he received an emailed will from Heche in 2011, but prior legal documents stated, "the email does not qualify as either a holographic will or formal witnessed will."

Reference: Fox 10 Phoenix (Nov. 16, 2022) “Anne Heche estate sued for $2M by woman whose home was destroyed by fiery car crash”

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