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

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

A battle for Anne Heche’s estate has begun.

In the wake of the Six days seven nights actress on August 11, her family is figuring out everything she’s left behind, and there’s already a heated dispute over who should be in charge and what should be in charge.

Heche left behind 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-star James Tupper. While Homer asked to serve as special administrator of Heche’s estate late last month, stating that Heche had no will, James, on behalf of his minor son Atlas, is now disputing Homer’s appointment.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNI - NOVEMBER 19: Anne Heche and Homer Laffoon attend the grand launch of 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 November 19, 2021. Laffoon, now 20, is from Heche and Coley Laffoon’s marriage, which lasted from 2001 to 2007. (Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Christian Siriano)

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

Included in the file is an email that James said was sent from Heche’s email to himself, entertainment attorney Kevin Yorn, and his executive assistant. It had the subject ‘Will’ and in it she asked to serve it as her word until the final papers were drawn up. She asked if, should she die, she would pass her possessions to James with the intention that he would raise the boys on her behalf, and divide her possessions equally among them. She noted that each of them took control of their share of the money at age 25 and at that point could sell her real estate and divide the money. (Heche apparently never made a real will. She and Tupper split in 2018 after 10 years, but continued to share a house with the two boys the following year.)

(Screenshot: LAcourt Documents)

A copy of Heche’s email was in the court documents. (Screenshot: LAcourt Documents)

On the file, James’ attorney says James should have “priority of appointment as trustee” because Heche “makes her intention clear by writing that: “My wishes are that all my assets under the control of Mr. James Tupper go to to be used to raise my children and then give to the children.'”

James’ legal team says there is “no urgent need to appoint a special administrator at this time” as Homer’s filing sought to expedite the process. Instead, they must wait for an executor or administrator to be appointed by general petition. He then bluntly outlines why he claims Homer is “not fit for appointment as personal representative of this estate,” a job he believes should go to someone of “experience and sophistication.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Actress Anne Heche, Homer Laffoon and James Tupper attend the 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 son Homer Laffoon and then-partner James Tupper in 2012. She and Tupper, who later had their own son Atlas, split in 2018 (Picture: Michael Kovac/WireImage)

“He’s only 20 years old and unemployed, and he was estranged from… [Heche] at the time of her death because he was dropping out of college and not working to support himself,” James’s file reads.

James goes on to claim that Homer changed the locks on Heche’s apartment, where Atlas lived with his mother, and “refused entry” to his half-brother. He says Homer “didn’t respond to Atlas’s request for his clothes and computer” at Heche’s home. He also questions Homer who lists Heche’s residence as “empty” in his court file, saying it was “relevant” because the actress’s house was “full of her furniture, jewelry, valuables, files and records, and their removal was in no way authorized by this Court or the law.”

James Tupper Says Heche's 20-Year-Old Son Is Homer

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

He also says that Homer agreed to go to bereavement with Atlas, but never showed up. He also says that Homer failed to show up to a scheduled dinner where Atlas waited 1.5 hours.

“This is particularly troubling given that Atlas is 13 years old, was with his mother on the day of her death, and he has repeatedly contacted Homer,” the file reads. “Since their mother’s death, Homer has not seen or contacted his brother.” As a result, James is concerned that Homer “will not act in his brother’s best interests.”

James also denies Homer’s claim that James sent him “negative communications.” He says, “Both [James] and Atlas have only relayed messages of support, love, and grief to Homer. At the moment, they both think the presence of an older brother would be a hugely beneficial relationship for both Atlas and Homer.”

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

Anne Heche with both her sons – Atlas Tupper and Homer Laffoon – in 2014. (Picture: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Feld Entertainment)

Earlier this month, it was reported that Homer had applied for control of the estate because Heche died without a will and she has projects pending, including the publication of her book, call me Anne next year. Homer’s attorney at the time clarified that Homer was “in the process of appointing a third party ‘ad litem guardian’ for his younger brother, Atlas, to represent Atlas’ interests in the estate proceedings.”

Homer also spoke on behalf of himself and his sibling after Heche, who was brain-dead, was taken off the ventilator.

“My brother Atlas and I have lost our mother,” he said in a statement. “After six days of almost incredible emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless grief. Hopefully my mother is free from pain and she begins to discover what I like to envision as her eternal freedom. In those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as well as for the support of my father, Coley and my stepmother Alexi who have remained my rock during this time. Rest in peace mommy, me love you, Homer.”

Warning tape is seen on the spot where American actress Anne Heche crashed into a two-story house in Mar Vista, California, on August 8, 2022.  - American actress Anne Heche has been hospitalized in critical condition after her car crashed into a house in Los Angeles, US media reported on August 5, 2022. The 53-year-old actress initially crashed into a garage of an apartment building before she drove off, according to images collected by TMZ.  (Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Warning tape can be seen where actress Anne Heche crashed into a two-story house in Mar Vista, California (Image: Chris Delmas / AFP)

On August 5, Heche crashed her car into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles – a fire broke out and she was seriously injured. Blood tests showed that the 53-year-old had narcotics in her body. Six days later, she was taken off the ventilator after being declared brain dead. She died of inhalation, thermal injuries and a sternal fracture from blunt force trauma, according to the coroner’s official 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 broke up in 2007. Heche began a romance with her co-star James. They had Atlas in 2009 and stayed together until 2018, sharing a house for a year after their breakup with her sons.

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