Larry King‘s estranged spouse will likely be contesting his will.
Shawn King, the seventh spouse of the famed broadcaster, was nonetheless legally married to him when he died on Jan. 23, regardless of his August 2019 divorce submitting. She mentioned she was shocked to be taught he had secretly up to date his will — in a handwritten doc, penned shortly after his divorce submitting, that excluded her — and she’s going to battle it in courtroom,
“We had a very watertight family estate plan,” Shawn, who’s mother to the journalist’s sons Chance and Cannon, instructed New York Post‘s Page Six. “It still exists,” she says of the estate plan she says they drew up together in 2015, “and it is the legitimate will. Period. And I fully believe it will hold up, and my attorneys are going to be filing a response, probably by the end of the day.”
Last week, information emerged that Larry wrote a handwritten modification to his will on Oct. 17, 2019 — about two months after submitting for divorce — leaving his $2 million property to his 5 youngsters.
Shawn instructed Page Six that she and Larry had turn out to be shut mates once more after he filed for divorce and so they spoke day by day. She mentioned, “It beats me!” when requested why she thinks he wrote the amended will. And “based on the timeline, it just doesn’t make sense.”
She went on to say that she thinks someone influenced him to create the amended will, but wouldn’t say who.
And while she’ll be fighting for what the newspaper described as a “meager” amount — a slice of $2 million already split five ways — she said she will fight, saying, “It’s the principle.”
Shawn mentioned her two sons, Cannon and Chance, had been additionally unaware of the amended will and had been “shocked.” They will help her authorized battle, she mentioned, including, “They are not happy about this.”
Making the split of the estate more complicated, two of Larry’s children named in his 2019 will — Andy and Chiara — both died last year, weeks apart, from different ailments. Larry has one other son, Larry Jr.
Shawn spoke out following Larry’s death, sharing details of their goodbye, via FaceTime from the hospital, and how he told her he loved her and asked her to take care of their sons. She also shared that the whole family wore his signature suspenders to the funeral service.
“Larry and I, you know, we never finalized our divorce,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “In my heart, I didn’t think it was really going to happen and it never did. We were partners in every sense of the way, in business, and in, well, first in our family and then in business. But we’re a close family. You know, family is the most important thing, and God.”
Larry — who was married eight times to seven women — told People in 2020 that he would “always care” for his spouse, however that “it just hit a point where we didn’t get along.” He defined, “We had a big age difference and that eventually takes its toll. It became an issue. Also, [Shawn] is a very religious Mormon and I’m an agnostic atheist so that eventually causes little problems. We overcame a lot, but eventually, it became a ships-passing-in-the-night situation.”
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