Battle begins over heiress’s estate
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.