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Court throws out case to evict Kessler family member from property in $800-million estate litigation

Nov 2015 — A New York State Court said it will not consider a case seeking to evict Marshall Kessler from property involved in ongoing litigation surrounding the $800-million estate of Gerald Kessler, Marshall’s grandfather. The court ruled the case was filed improperly.

Beasley Allen recently joined the CBC Law Group in the ongoing litigation on behalf of the family of Gerald Kessler. The litigation will investigate control over the Gerald Kessler Revocable Trust. Mister Kessler passed away in March at 80. He left behind an estate valued at more than $800 million.

Melanie “Meadow” Williams

He left the estate under the control of Melanie Kay Williams (stage name Meadow Williams). The circumstances of their marriage were questionable. After Gerald’s death, Ms Williams attempted to evict Marshall from his childhood home on the Treeview Property in New York, an estate owned by Gerald.

An amendment created in 2013 to the Gerald A. Kessler Revocable Trust that gives Ms Williams control over almost all of his assets as Trustee is the larger dispute in this case. It further established her as, essentially, the sole and exclusive beneficiary of the estate.

A Petition filed on behalf of the family alleges Ms. Williams, who is 31 years younger than Gerald, manipulated and unduly influenced him to execute new estate planning documents through actions including bigamy, undue influence, and elder abuse.

“Ms. Williams took advantage of Gerald Kessler’s declining health and wrongfully obtained his entire estate. We are working to protect Mr. Kessler’s children and grandchildren, for whom the trust was originally established.”

— Lance Gould,  Principal

Case Information

Beasley Allen lawyers Dee Miles, Lance Gould, and Leslie Pescia are working with David J. Callahan, III, managing partner of the CBC Law Group, and Constance L. Akridge and Tamara Reid from Holland & Hart LLP in Reno, Nevada.

Attorneys filed the complaint in the Second Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, in and for the County of Washoe. The plaintiffs are Marshall, Sheree, Craig, Steven, Kaleigh, Michael and Shawn Kessler, as well as Krystal Ferrari.

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