Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Legal Battle Rages On In Anna Nicole Smith Saga

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Even in death, Anna Nicole Smith’s life is more tumultuous than ever and one family law specialist in Los Angeles says things could get even more complicated when her will is finally unveiled.

Certified law expert Stacy Phillips says the answers regarding the paternity and custody of Smith’s baby, Dannielynn, and who inherits Smith’s fortune lie in the former Playmate’s legal will – assuming one exists.

Phillips says if Smith made her wishes known in her will regarding the fate of Dannielynn, then whoever Smith grants custody to in the will gets to keep the baby.

Smith’s wishes can only be trumped if a biological father is determined, in which case Dannielynn’s custody would be legally granted to the father, no matter what Smith’s will says.

However, if the father is declared unfit for parenthood, a long custody battle over the baby will take place.

Even more complicated: Phillips says no matter who’s granted physical custody of Dannielynn, the will may still determine who gets to handle Dannielynn’s inheritance.

So even if Howard K. Stern isn’t the father, he may still end up controlling Dannielynn’s fortune if that’s what Smith directed in her will.

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