Murdered California Publicist’s Will Makes News

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The will of California celebrity publicist Ronni Chasen, who was murdered last month in Beverly Hills, has made the news, primarily for the miserly sum she left a disinherited niece.

Chasen left an estate valued at just over $6 million, but left just $10 to a niece – Jill Gatsby – with a notation in the will that reads, “I have intentionally and with full knowledge of the consequences omitted to provide for my niece, Jill Cohen, also known as Jill Gatsby, except for the gift of $10.”

Dated June 10, 1994, Chasen’s will leaves the bulk of her estate to her mother, who actually predeceased Chasen.   Supporting documents with the 1994 will mention the existence of a 2006 will, but it has not yet been located.  Chasen’s brother, who has applied to be special administrator for her estate, told the celebrity news website TMZ.com that he believes the second will is in a safety deposit box.

Since her mother died before she did, three-quarters of her estate will go to another niece, Melissa Cohen, unless the newer will is found and says otherwise.  The rest of her estate has been left to several charities, with her Hollywood memorabilia slated to be donated to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Chasen was shot while driving in Beverly Hills following a November movie premiere; police are continuing their investigation into the murder.

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