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Probate solicitor news – Mistress and wife do battle over scribbled will

19th July 2012

Kinkade, known as “the painter of light”, died this year after taking a lethal combination of alcohol and valium, leaving behind an estate worth more than US$60 million.

However, lawyers are now preparing to go to a Los Angeles probate court to try to determine the future of his estate.

The deceased artist’s former mistress has produced a scribbled will which, she says, invalidates his former will. She claims that she is entitled to his mansion, US$10 million in cash and nearly US$70 million in paintings. The document states: “I, Thomas Kinkade, being of sound mind and body do hereby bequeath to Amy Pinto Walsh $10,000,000 in cash from my corporate policy.”

However, probate lawyers representing the late artist’s estranged wife dispute the will, claiming that it was forged or written while of unsound mind – the artist had a long battle with alcoholism and drugs.

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