Shawn has filed a petition for probate of the will, according to court documents obtained by People. Should the petition be granted, she will be “appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent,” and King’s original 2015 will, in which she was listed as his executor, will be recognized as valid, ignoring a 2019 handwritten amendment that wrote Shawn out of his beneficiaries. The court will give those with objections to her petition an opportunity to make their case during a court hearing set for May 4.
Following King’s death in January from sepsis at age 87, TMZ reported that he had made a 2019 handwritten update to his will requesting that his roughly $2 million estate be distributed equally amongst his five children, to the exclusion of Shawn. Shawn expressed her shock over the revelation to Page Six, saying they “had a very watertight family estate plan,” which they wrote together “as a couple” in 2015. “It still exists, and it is the legitimate will. Period. And I fully believe it will hold up, and my attorneys are going to be filing a response, probably by the end of the day.” When asked why King would’ve made such a change without her knowledge, she said, “It beats me,” adding that she believed someone influenced him to write it, though she refused to elaborate further.
Adding yet another complication to this difficult legal situation is the fact that, two months prior to the handwritten addition, King filed for divorce from Shawn, his seventh wife, but died before they were able to come to a resolution. He also named all five of his children in the amendment, but two of them—Andy and Chaia, his children with Alene Akins—died in 2020. The legendary TV and radio personality also told Page Six before his death that he and Shawn had become close friends again after filing for divorce. Shawn claimed they spoke every day, but he never once mentioned the change to his will.
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