The battle between three of Glen Campbell’s eight children and his widow has ended with them agreeing to dismiss their pursuit of a portion of their father’s estate.
With the resolution of this outstanding claim, the estate of Glen Campbell can now be resolved, reports The Tennessean in “Glen Campbell’s children give up challenge to singer’s will.” The beloved singer died in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease this past August. He was 81.
Campbell's will left his estate to Kimberly, his wife of 34 years, and five of his eight adult children. However, he omitted three children from prior marriages—William Campbell, Kelli Campbell and Wesley Campbell.
The three siblings agreed to dismiss their fight for a portion of their father's estate. Their filing in Davidson County Probate Court didn’t provide any details. The three had contested the validity of the 2006 will, bringing into question their late father's capacity.
The legal dispute involving Glen Campbell's widow versus three of his children has delayed the final resolution of the singer's final affairs, including the question of who has the rights to future royalties on his music.
Campbell was known for songs such as "Gentle On My Mind," "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy." However, he was not the composer of any of his hits.
Kimberly Campbell issued a statement through her legal counsel that said she was glad to put the matter behind her.
"The filing of a will contest last January came as a shock to me," the statement said. "There was never any merit to these claims.”
"I am pleased to finally put this difficult experience behind me, so that I may focus on my family, my continued mission to educate, destigmatize and raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease—and to honor my husband and his amazing music legacy."
However, Kimberly's statement noted that there was no settlement made with the adult children, and the attorneys for the three adult children contesting Campbell's will could not immediately be reached.
There is some discrepancy in the estimates of the estate’s value. Recent estimates provided to the probate court list a value of $420,221. Initial estimates at the time of his passing were in the millions, but that was speculation. There are also future royalties that need to be added to the estate.
Reference: The Tennessean (November 22, 2018) “Glen Campbell’s children give up challenge to singer’s will”