Mickey Rooney’s Children Question His Will

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Late Mickey Rooney’s children are questioning the movie veteran’s will. They insist he faced “undue influence” when he was signing it, week before his death.

His seven biological children have filed suit in Los Angeles in a bid to get their father’s will invalidated.

When the documents were revealed to the public in April, Rooney named his stepson and caretaker Mark Aber as the beneficiary to his estate, which is valued at $18,000 (£11,250).

Now his children claim Aber, together with the estate’s current executor, lawyer Michael Augustine, took “advantage” of Rooney.

In the legal documents they have all together filed, they claim Aber and Augustine “suggested and dictated the contents of the (will)” and “arranged for the execution of the document” at a time when Rooney was “wholly under the influence” of the two men.

Augustine’s attorney, Richard Petty told People.com, “We think the contest is utterly without merit and that there is no truth at all to any of the allegations.”

Rooney’s estranged wife, Jan Rooney, is also contesting the will, saying it “blatantly misquotes the terms of the settlement agreements (previously) reached between Janice Rooney and Mickey Rooney.”

“What the will tried to say is that Jan had given up of her rights to Mickey’s estate through these agreements,” said Jan’s attorney, Eugene Belous. “And that is just not the case. In financial terms, this estate is virtually nothing.”

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