Toll Free: 800-645-2911
StachlerHarmon
Phone: 937-608-9398
Focused and Effective Representation

Judge names state for probate litigation: Heirs battle for corpse

Many Ohio readers are familiar with the legacy of Charles Manson, which is wrought with scandal, mystery and devastation. Convicted for spearheading a string of murders in 1969, he spent the rest of his life behind bars. The aftermath of his death has also been filled with controversy. In fact, it even took some time for a judge to decide where probate litigation regarding the decedent's estate should take place.

Since Manson was moved around from jail to jail, court officials weren't sure which state should be considered his residence. As it stands, the judge ruled for the state Manson lived in when he was convicted. Other complications still need to be ironed out, however, including who should get Manson's remains.

Several people are currently battling over the issue, including one man who says he's entitled to the remains of the 83-year-old as his adopted son. Two others, each of whom claims to be Manson's biological son, have also entered the fight over his remains. One of the men has not yet filed a formal court petition. There is a fourth person involved as well, a pen pal of Manson's for decades. This person also happens to be a collector and dealer of Manson memorabilia.

The latter says Manson wrote a will listing him as sole beneficiary to his estate; the problem is that there appears to be more than one Manson will. It will likely take a lot more time to solve all the problems associated with this probate litigation situation. Although most Ohio decedents are not attached to the national news limelight, such as Manson, some definitely leave behind estates that result in family discord. An experienced probate and administration attorney is a great source of support when trying to resolve estate disputes.

Source: Fox News, "Charles Manson's body still in morgue as legal battle between heirs heats up", Travis Fedschun, Accessed on Feb. 2, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Ohio State Bar Association | Connect.Advance.Succeed
  • Federal Bar Association | ORG Jan 5th 1920
  • Dayton Bar Association 1883
  • Super Lawyers
Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Legal Need

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

7810 McEwen Road, Suite B Dayton, OH 45459 Toll Free: 800-645-2911 Phone: 937-608-9398 Fax: 937-461-5981 Dayton Law Office Map

Review Us