I previously covered the will contest filed against the Marlon Brando Estate by the ex-wife of Marlon’s deceased son, Christopher. At the time, it appeared that the attorneys for Deborah Brando — on their third try — filed a sufficient legal challenge so that the probate judge would allow the case to proceed. The judge threw out their first two tries.
Deborah claimed that the Codicil (or will amendment) dated less than two weeks before Brando’s death was actually forged, and that the co-executors of the Marlon Brando Estate committed fraud to hide the forgery.
But the co-executors filed a motion asking the judge — again — to dismiss the challenge. This time, the judge agreed with them. He ruled that the claim was filed too late. The will and codicil were accepted into probate back in August, 2004. Deborah’s lawyers had filed her claim (the first time) more than three years later.
The judge also ruled that Deborah lacked legal “standing” to make the challenge in court, because