The battle over Glen Campbell's estate: Who's in, who's out, and who's suing

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
Glen Campbell and Kimberly Campbell at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 19, 2011. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America) 

Glen Campbell may have left a musical legacy that’s an undisputed classic, but his estate is another story. The late country icon’s estimated $50 million fortune has not rested gently on anyone’s mind. It’s a tumultuous history involving his widow, Kimberly Campbell, that started before his death and has continued after the singer’s death last August. 

The latest headline came this week, as Kimberly — who is trustee of two Campbell trusts — filed a claim against the estate on March 8, seeking reimbursement totaling just over half a million dollars for expenses incurred while caring for the singer during his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The charges date to 2016, and include medical and legal fees, assisted-living charges, and home security expenses. 

This comes a scant few months after three of Campbell’s eight children — by his second wife — found themselves cut out of his will, and filed a legal challenge in November 2017. They are disputing their exclusion, and questioning their father’s mental capacity at the time he executed the 2006 document.  

That wasn’t all, however. Before Campbell’s death, his two eldest children by his first wife raised a battle with their stepmother over their right to visit their ailing father, saying Kimberly was deliberately preventing them from making contact with him. The issue went so far as to spur Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to sign the Campbell/Falk Act, which protects communication rights for those who have conservators over their financial and living situations.

This is what we know so far; details will no doubt continue to come to light as the legal issues unfold. Kimberly is Campbell’s fourth wife and the mother of his youngest three children. Campbell died Aug. 8, 2017, at 81. Shortly after his death, Kimberly disclosed he was in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which Campbell was first diagnosed with in August 2011.

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