Lucille Ball Auction Proceeds Despite Lawsuit Over Personal Items

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A court order seeking to block the auction of some of actress Lucille Ball’s awards and love letters was both won and lost by Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, in a Los Angeles Superior Court last week.

The judge agreed to block the sale, but imposed a bond of $250,000 on Luckinbill to get a restraining order issued – a financial condition she could not meet.

Luckinbill was at odds over the sale with Susie Morton, the widow of Gary Morton, who was Ball’s second husband.  Ms. Morton had consigned several items that belonged to her deceased husband and Lucille Ball to a Dallas auction house for sale, including a Rolls-Royce, love letters, photos and some of Ball’s personal effects, including several achievement awards.

Luckinbill had sought to stop the sale of the love letters and awards, which she wanted to go to a museum honoring her mother.

Morton’s lawsuit claimed that Luckinbill had forfeited her right to the letters and awards after Ball’s estate was distributed following her death in 1989.

Although high visibility because of the actress’ great popularity, this kind of case happens more often that you would think because people fail to update their will.  Anything you believe will be of value to heirs should be distributed according to your wishes and spelled out in your will – especially if you are part of a blended family.  A California estate planning attorney can help you create and update your will.

Let our Costa Mesa law offices help you get started by contacting us today.

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