Splitting of Handelsman $500M empire advances
After spending a month trading barbs about who did more to build their estimated $500 million real estate empire, Burt and Lucille Handelsman returned to a Palm Beach County courtroom Tuesday to begin laying out the thorny details of how to divide the remarkable spoils of their now defunct 70-year marriage.
Trying to figure out a way to evenly split property that houses such landmarks as the Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, the Blue Anchor pub in Delray Beach and some of the toniest shops on Worth Avenue isn’t easy, said accountant Richard Briscoe, who represents Lucille.
The task isn’t just financially complex, but emotionally fraught as well.
Circuit Judge Scott Suskauer, who granted Lucille’s petition for a divorce before the trial was suspended last month, is being forced to come up with an equitable way to divide the empire because 90-year-old Burt and 89-year-old Lucille disagree.