Bat­tle be­gins over heiress’s es­tate

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

The $200 mil­lion es­tate of a 91-year-old de­scen­dant of Hawai­ian roy­alty has be­come the fo­cus of a dis­pute be­tween her lawyer and her long­time part­ner.

Camp­bell Es­tate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa suf­fered an acute stroke in June. On July 24, a state judge granted her lawyer, James Wright, con­trol of her es­tate. Wright’s lawyer, Frank Kane­mitsu, wrote in court pa­pers that Kawananakoa is “un­able to meet essen­tial re­quire­ments of phys­i­cal health, safety, self-care or fi­nan­cial mat­ters,” even with as­sis­tance.

But Kawananakoa’s part­ner, Veron­ica Gail Worth, dis­putes the claim. The heiress is still ca­pa­ble of mak­ing fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions, Worth says.

Her at­tor­ney, Michael Rudy, said a panel of three psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­perts will ex­am­ine Kawananakoa and the first has al­ready found her men­tally com­pe­tent. An­other eval­u­a­tion is be­ing pro­cessed, he said.

Worth has been Kawananakoa’s part­ner for more than 20 years and has health­care power of at­tor­ney for her.

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