Larry King’s widow Shawn Southwick King is contesting the television legend’s handwritten will after being excluded.
In court documents obtained by People on Tuesday, Shawn — whom Larry filed for divorce from in 2019 — is challenging both the validity of the will and the request of Larry’s son Larry King Jr. to be appointed administrator of the estate.
Per legal documents, Shawn claims she and Larry were working toward a possible “reconciliation” before his January 23 death due to COVID-19.
“Larry was not pushing the divorce and was generally nonresponsive and refused to participate in the divorce proceeding. He gave no indication that he actually wanted to pursue divorce,” it stated. “After the filing, the parties had gone to counseling, were still speaking, and reconciliation remained possible until Larry’s health conditions made that impractical.”
Shawn also claims she was “actively involved” in Larry’s business dealings and has “the most knowledge” of his assets and wishes at the time of his passing.
Additionally, Shawn says Larry Jr. “has never been involved in Larry’s career or business, and it would be highly inappropriate to place him in a position of representing Larry’s estate.”
Shawn claims she and Larry drafted a family trust in 2015 that is “still in existence” and gives her “all the powers of the sole shareholder.”
According to his October 17, 2019 handwritten will, made public by People last week, Larry requested that his estate be split equally among his five children, including sons Cannon, 20, and Chance, 21, as well as late son Andy and late daughter Chaia.
“This is my Last Will & Testament,” it said. “It should replace all previous writings. In the event of my death, any day after the above date I want 100% [placed above illegible cross-out] of my funds to be divided equally among my children Andy, Chaia, Larry Jr., Chance & Cannon.”
The document was dated two months after he filed for divorce from Shawn after nearly 22 years of marriage.
Larry previously filed for divorce from Shawn in 2010 but retracted the paperwork three months later.
The October 2019 will was also written less than a year before Andy and Chaia passed away in the summer of 2020.
Last month, Larry was laid to rest in an intimate ceremony attended by his family.