Homer Laffoon opposes James Tupper’s new conservatorship petition in court papers

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Anne Heche’s son, Homer Laffoon, filed an objection to James Tupper’s motion for the appointment of an ad litem guardian on Tuesday in new court documents submitted to a Los Angeles County court and obtained by Fox News Digital .

Tupper, who dated Heche for 11 years and has 13-year-old son Atlas with the late actress, first filed paperwork on Monday seeking to establish himself as the ad litem guardian of his son, who is legally minor. Tupper’s documents go on to request “that a professional, neutral, private, bonded trustee be selected to administer the estate in question.”

Laffoon asserts that Tupper is “excluded from serving as the minor’s ad litem guardian based on several actual and potential conflicts of interest.” The documents indicate that Tupper professed affection for both children, which could be a problem if he is “never forced to side with one child against the other.”

A source told Fox News Digital that Atlas’ interests are already “adequately represented in the proceedings” because they are also Laffoon’s interests. “Anything Homer does to enhance those interests or harm those interests will also augment or harm his own interests,” the source said.

Additionally, Tupper has already received assets from Heche’s estate, according to court documents. “Depending on Mr. Tupper’s intentions and actions regarding these funds, it may be necessary for the estate to pursue legal action against Mr. Tupper for the ultimate benefit of the minor,” the docs said.

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“Mr. Laffoon generally has no objection to the appointment of a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of Atlas Heche Tupper (the ‘minor’) in this matter. Mr. Laffoon, however, submits that the specific reasons for appointing a guardian ad litem, as detailed in the GAL petition, are insufficient to justify the appointment of a guardian ad litem, particularly at the expense of the minor,” the Laffoon documents state.

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A third “ground” in Tupper’s filing is to “avoid liability on the legal claims that the estate maintains against Mr. Tupper arising out of several agreements regarding the ownership, maintenance and sale of real estate held in co-ownership by the deceased (Heche) and Mr. Tupper shortly before the death of the deceased.”

Tupper owes the estate “hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential claims”, which ultimately benefits the minor.

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The filing also requests that all “costs associated with the guardian ad litem be paid by Mr. Tupper.”

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“It is Mr. Laffoon’s sincere hope that Mr. Tupper will not force the Estate to take legal action over these claims, but Mr. Tupper’s recent actions make that outcome increasingly unlikely.”

A representative for Tupper did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Heche died Aug. 11 of “inhalation and thermal injuries” following a car crash in Mar Vista, Calif., the previous week. His way of dying was listed as an accident in a report released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Shortly after her death, Laffoon, her 20-year-old son from her marriage to Coley Laffoon, asked to be appointed as administrator of her estate, which still has an unknown value and will need to undergo a forensic examination to establish its value.

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Tupper disputed the estate planning and claimed to have received an emailed will from Heche in 2011, but earlier legal documents stated that “the email is neither a holographic will nor a formal witnessed will.”

“The email presented to the Court as the ‘will’ of the deceased by Mr. Tupper does not meet the requirements of a valid holographic will because the signature and material provisions are not handwritten by the deceased .”

The legal form went on to suggest ‘it was not uncommon’ for Heche to send emails when she was ‘faced with uncertainty’, and it detailed a similar event when she was diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020.

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“This document, which cannot be characterized as a will in the same way as the e-mail attached to the objection, makes no reference to Mr. Tupper, which is not surprising given their acrimonious breakup in 2018,” the document reads.

Heche was taken off life support on August 14 after being declared brain dead following a car accident the previous week.

She suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” and remained “in a coma” under medical care at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills for the opportunity to donate her organs through the OneLegacy Foundation.

Heche was cremated and her ashes will be placed in a mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In a statement to The Associated Press, Laffoon said he and his brother, Atlas, “are confident that our mother would love the site we have chosen for her; it is beautiful, serene and she will be among her peers in Hollywood”.

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