Estate of Rocker Ric Ocasek Likely to be Settled in Court

The estate of Cars front man and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek is likely headed for a court battle regarding the exclusion of his estranged wife in an updated will, Forbes reports. Ocasek was in the middle of divorce proceedings with his wife of 30 years, Sport Illustrated swimsuit model Paulina Porizkova, when he died in September having eliminated her from his will just a few weeks prior. Porizkova was removed as a beneficiary because of the pending divorce, with the filing alleging that she “abandoned” him and should not be entitled to any elective share. The estate was filed in New York, where current law says that spouses have the right to pursue a share of the estate, even when they are disinherited. That right can be lost in the case of abandonment, which is up to the discretion of a probate judge. The estate listed $5 million in copyrights and another $115,000 in personal property and cash.

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