Judge Expands Powers for Glen Campbell’s Estate Administrator, Demands Accounting
A judge in Tennessee has granted expanded legal powers to the administrator of Glen Campbell's estate, but the new powers come with strings attached.
Nashville's Tennessean newspaper reports that Davidson Probate Judge David "Randy" Kennedy has authorized Stanley B. Schneider, who has been serving as the interim estate administrator since Campbell's death in August of 2017, to pay bills through the estate that include $12,640 in funeral expenses and a $23,699 retainer that will go to an expert to estimate the monetary value of Cambell's future royalties. He is also authorized to pay $1,550 in Tennessee taxes.
In his four-page ruling, Kennedy also ordered Schneider to reconcile a bank account Campbell held jointly with his wife, Kimberly, and list all of the transactions since Campbell's death.
The news comes three weeks after Kennedy ruled that three of Campbell's children have the standing to dispute the validity of wills that excluded them from inheriting any money after Campbell died, dated Sept. 1, 2006, and Jan. 7, 2001.
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Travis, Kelli and Wesley Campbell are Campbell's children from his marriage to his second wife, Billie Jean Nunley, which ended in 1976. The three adult children plan to contest their father's capacity to agree to the wills, alleging that he was subject to undue influence.
Campbell revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, but it's unknown how long he might have already been struggling with the disease. Campbell married his fourth wife, Kimberly Campbell, in 1982, and they remained married until his death on Aug. 7, 2017. She filed the 2006 will, which named her and five of Campbell's other children as his beneficiaries. She also serves as the executor of his estate, and she has agreed not to challenge the right of Campbell's children to contest the wills.
Another of Campbell's daughters, Debbie Campbell-Cloyd, had previously called for a full accounting from Schneider, who is Campbell's former publicist and manager. Campbell-Cloyd alleges the royalties Campbell's music has earned since his death were supposed to have been deposited into an account controlled by Campbell's estate, but have instead been deposited into the joint account Schneider is now being ordered to reconcile. According to the Tennessean, Schneider had power of attorney over that account.
Schneider also filed documents in probate court in April estimating the value of Campbell's estate at $410,221, significantly lower than initial press reports after the singer's death that estimated his assets at $50 million.
Kim Campbell has filed a separate claim asking for compensation for more than half a million dollars from the estate to cover the cost of Campbell's medical care.
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