Glen Campbell's children have right to contest wills that cut off inheritance

Glen Campbell's children have right to contest wills that cut off inheritance

A Nashville judge has ruled that three children of the late Glen Campbell have a right to contest the validity of two wills that cut them off from any inheritance from the late singer.

In a three-page ruling issued this week, Davidson Probate Judge David Randy Kennedy concluded that the three children have standing to contest wills dated Sept. 1, 2006, and Jan. 7, 2001.

Travis, Kelli and Wesley Campbell had petitioned the court to certify that a will contest existed. The three were left out of both wills.

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Kennedy noted in his ruling that the three intended to contest the singer's capacity to agree to the wills and also that he was subject to undue influence. Campbell had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years prior to his death on Aug. 7, 2017.

The 2006 will was filed by Campbell's widow, Kimberly, who was also named executor of his estate. Kimberly Campbell recently filed notice she would not challenge the right of the three children to contest the will. Kennedy noted in his decision that there was no opposition to the certification request.

The 2006 will names Kimberly and his five other children as beneficiaries.

A fourth Campbell child, Debbie Campbell-Cloyd, has raised questions about the actions of a former publicist and manager for the singer, Stanley B. Schneider, who has been acting as a temporary administrator of the estate.

Campbell-Cloyd has asked Kennedy to order Schneider to provide a full accounting of payments made from the estate and a bank account into which Campbell's royalties have been deposited. Campbell-Cloyd said the royalties should have been deposited into an estate account.

Instead, even after Campbell's death, the money went into an account controlled by Kimberly and Glen Campbell. Schneider, according to court filings, had power of attorney over the account.