Handelsmans await judge’s ruling
After dozens of court hearings punctuated by claims of dishonesty, infidelity and greed, a Palm Beach County circuit judge finally is poised to decide how to divide Burt and Lucille Handelsman’s estimated $550 million real estate empire.
In hundreds of pages of documents filed late Friday, attorneys representing the elderly couple and their three adult children made their final pitches to Circuit Judge Scott Suskauer.
At stake is tens of millions of dollars in real estate, including shops on Worth Avenue; restaurants and bars on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach; storefronts on Ocean Avenue in Lantana; office buildings in West Palm Beach; bars in Key West; and commercial buildings, a golf course and shopping centers in upstate New York and elsewhere.
In their written closing arguments, the attorneys continued the biting themes that have consumed the epic divorce trial that has played out in fits and starts since February.
“He lies. He cheats. He steals, and when unable to accomplish the above unilateral(ly), he recruits others to accomplish his misdeeds,” Lucille’s attorney Joel Weissman wrote, summing up what he saw as Burt’s behavior.
“The evidence established that Burt will take anything he can from any source he can get it from, no matter how small the amount and