Split­ting of Han­dels­man $500M em­pire ad­vances

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE MUSGRAVE

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.

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