Will dispute keeps actor's body on ice, estate in limbo

The body of Sherman Hemsley, the actor who played George Jefferson on the television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, is currently in limbo as a legal dispute prevents his estate from putting it to rest. Hemsley's body was recently ordered to be placed in a freezer at a funeral home in San Jose after a man claiming to be his brother contested his will, requesting his possessions and remains.

According to Richard Thornton, the man making the claim, Hemsley's will was not actually written up by Hemsley. The will under dispute was signed back in June, six months before Hemsley's death, and reportedly lists Flora Echington of El Paso as executrix of his estate and sole heir to all his holdings.

Hemsley's estate is estimated to be worth over $50,000. His will reportedly refers to Echington as his "beloved partner." Echington has stated publicly that she has known Hemsley for 20 years and lived with him for over 10 years in El Paso, and that she never heard him mention anything about Richard Thornton. There is apparently no biographical information indicating that Hemsley had a brother, and he is apparently listed as an only child.

On Monday, the dispute was supposed to be settled, but the trial was postponed after Thornton's attorney asked for a genetic test to determine whether Hemsley's DNA matches Thornton's. The judge granted that request and has reportedly given family members of Hemsley time to submit DNA samples. The test is supposed to be filed by October 15.

We'll keep our readers updated on further developments in this story.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Will Dispute Puts Sherman Hemsley on Ice," August 31, 2012.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Mr. Teiger, Thank you very much for your time and results. I will definitely recommend you & your firm to anyone who wants to be treated professionally courteously and needs results.Hope all is well.Again...thank you. Regards, Paul L.

msg iconEmail Us For a Response

When you have legal questions or concerns, contact our team at Teiger Law Center, P.C., by calling 678-374-7645, 800-780-2275 or reach us via email by completing our online contact form. From our Cumming and Alpharetta law offices, we represent clients in the Atlanta metro and throughout north Georgia.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Cumming Office
514 West Maple Street
Suite 101
Cumming, GA 30040

Toll Free: 866-726-2153
Phone: 678-374-7645
Fax: 770-406-8858
Cumming Law Office Map

Alpharetta Office
12600 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Toll Free: 800-780-2275
Phone: 678-374-7645
Fax: 770-406-8858
Map & Directions