Anne Heche’s estate battle begins as ex James Tapper claims he was left in charge, not her ‘estranged’ 20-year-old son

Anne Heche’s estate battle begins as ex James Tapper claims he was left in charge, not her ‘estranged’ 20-year-old son

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 12: Anne Heche attends the 74th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 12, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

A battle has begun over Anne Heche’s estate a month after her death. (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

A battle over Anne Heche’s estate has begun.

In its wake Six Days Seven Nights The actress’ death on August 11 has her family sorting out everything she left behind, and there’s already a heated argument over who should be in charge and get what.

Heche is survived by two sons from two relationships – her 20-year-old son Homer Laffoon, with ex-husband Coley Laffoon, and 13-year-old Atlas Tupper, from her relationship with her. Men in trees co-starring James Tapper. While Homer requested to serve as special administrator of Hetse’s estate late last month, noting that Hetse did not have a will, James, on behalf of his minor son Atlas, is now challenging Homer’s appointment.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 19: Anne Heche and Homer Laffoon attend the launch party for Christian Siriano's new book 'Dresses to Dream About' at The London West Hollywood in Beverly Hills on November 19, 2021 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Christian Siriano)

Anne Heche with son Homer Laffoon on Nov. 19, 2021. Laffoon, now 20, is from Heche’s marriage to Coley Laffoon, which lasted from 2001 to 2007. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for by Christian Siriano)

Yahoo Entertainment obtained the court document James filed Thursday challenging Homer as special administrator. In it, James claims Heche sent him a will on January 25, 2011, while they were still a couple, asking him to oversee her estate “in case I die tomorrow.” He also describes several reasons why he feels Homer is ill-equipped for the job, including that he lacks the know-how, is unemployed, and was estranged from Hetse when she died.

Included in the filing is an email that James said was sent from Heche’s email to him, as well as entertainment attorney Kevin Yorn and his executive assistant. She had the theme “Will” and asked that to serve as her speech until the final papers were drawn up. She asked that if she died, her assets would go to James with the intention that he would raise the boys on her behalf, dividing her assets between them equally. She noted that each took control of their share of the money at age 25, at which point she could sell her real estate and split the money. (Heche appears to have never filed an actual will. She and Tupper split in 2018 after 10 years, but continued to share a home for the next year with the two boys.)

(Image: LACourt documents)

A copy of Heche’s email was in court documents. (Image: LACourt documents)

In the filing, James’ attorney says James should have “priority for appointment as trustee” because Hetche “makes her intent clear by writing that, ‘It is my wish that all my assets pass into the control of Mr. James Tupper for use to bring up my children and then to give to the children.’

James’ legal team argues that “there is no urgency to appoint a special administrator at this time” in the first place, as Homer’s filing sought to speed up the process. Instead, they should wait for the appointment of an executor or administrator under a general probate application. He then outlines, bluntly, why he claims Homer is “unfit for appointment as personal representative of this estate,” a job he says should go to someone with “experience and sophistication.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: (LR) Actress Anne Heche, Homer Laffoon and James Tupper attend HBO Luxury Lounge with L'Oreal Paris And New Era Cap - Day 1 at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)

Anne Heche with their son Homer Laffoon and her then-partner James Tupper in 2012. She and Tupper, who had their own son, Atlas, split in 2018. (Photo: Michael Kovac/WireImage)

“He’s only 20 years old and he’s unemployed and he’s been estranged [Heche] at the time of her death because he dropped out of college and was not working to support himself,” James’ filing states.

James goes on to claim that Homer changed the locks on Hetse’s apartment, where Atlas lived with his mother, and “denied entry” to his half-brother. He says Homer “hasn’t responded to Atlas’ request for his clothes and computer” at Hetse’s house. He also disputes Homer’s listing of Heche’s residence as “vacant” in his court filing, saying it was “disturbing” because the actress’ home “was filled with her furniture, jewelry, valuables, files and records and the their removal was in no way authorized by this Court or the law.’

James Tapper says Hetse's 20-year-old son, Homer, is

James Tupper says Heche’s 20-year-old son, Homer, is “not fit” to run her estate because, “He’s only 20 and unemployed and he was estranged from” Heche when she died. (Photo: LA Courts)

He also says that Homer agreed to go to grief counseling with Atlas, but he was a no-show. He also says that Homer didn’t show up for a scheduled dinner with Atlas waiting 1.5 hours.

“This is particularly upsetting given that Atlas is 13 years old, was with his mother on the day of her death, and has had repeated contact with Homer,” the filing states. “Indeed, since their mother’s death, Homer has not seen his brother, nor had contact with him.” As a result, James worries that Homer “will not act in his brother’s best interests.”

James also denies Homer’s court claim that James sent him “negative communications.” He says, “Both [James] and Atlas have only communicated messages of support and love and grief to Homer. Right now they both feel that having an older brother would be an extremely helpful relationship for both Atlas and Homer.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: (LR) Actress Anne Heche, son Atlas and son Homer attend the Disney On Ice Presents Let's Celebrate!  Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt Celebrity Premiere & Skating Party at Staples Center on December 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Feld Entertainment)

Anne Heche with her two sons — Atlas Tupper and Homer Laffoon — in 2014. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Feld Entertainment)

Earlier this month it was reported that Homer sought control of the estate because Hetse died intestate and has pending projects, including the publication of her book, Call me Anna, next year. Homer’s attorney clarified at the time that Homer was in the process of “appointing a third-party ‘guardian ad litem’ for his younger brother, Atlas, to represent Atlas’ interests in the probate process.”

Homer also spoke on behalf of himself and his brother after the removal of Heche, who was brain dead.

“My brother Atlas and I lost our mom,” he said in a statement. “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a profound grief beyond words. I hope my mom is free of pain and begins to explore what I like to imagine as eternal freedom. Within these six days , thousands of friends, Family and fans have poured their hearts out to me. I am grateful for their love, as well as the support of my dad, Coley and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this season. Rest In Peace mom, I love you, Homer.”

Caution tape is shown at the scene where American actress Anne Heche crashed into a two-story house in Mar Vista, California on August 8, 2022. - American actress Anne Heche is in critical condition after she crashed her car into a house in Los Angeles, it was reported US media on August 5, 2022. The 53-year-old actress initially crashed into an apartment building garage before fleeing, according to images obtained by TMZ.  (Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Caution tape shows the scene where actress Anne Heche crashed into a two-story house in Mar Vista, California (Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP)

On August 5, Heche crashed her car into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles — setting it on fire and seriously injuring her. Blood tests showed the 53-year-old had drugs in her system. Six days later, she was taken off life support after being declared brain dead. He died of inhalation, thermal injuries and a sternum fracture from blunt force trauma, according to the official medical examiner’s report.

After Heche’s most famous relationship – with Ellen DeGeneres – ended in 2000, she began dating Laffoon, a cameraman she met while making a documentary about DeGeneres. They married in 2001, had Homer in 2002, and divorced in 2007. Heche went on to start a romance with her co-star James. They had Atlanta in 2009 and remained together until 2018, sharing a home for a year after separating with her sons.

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