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Report: Howard K. Stern Executor of Anna's Will

2/9/2007 9:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

ET is reporting that Anna Nicole Smith did, in fact, have a will. According to the show, it was written before the death of her son Daniel and the birth of daughter Dannielynn -- and names Howard K. Stern as the executor.

The document reportedly named Daniel as her sole heir, but now that she had a daughter, Dannielynn is, as of now, Anna's closest next of kin.

A family law expert tells TMZ that disposition will get sticky depending on what happens with the paternity suit and whether or not Anna and Howard's Bahamian commitment ceremony is deemed legally binding by a probate court. One complex issue is that Howard cannot legally be the executor and a beneficiary of the will.

Anna's complicated legal woes have followed her to the morgue.

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61.

Zamiel    

LOL at Trimspa w/Ephedra killing her, first of all you have no idea if she's still taking Trimspa, Asprin has killed way more people than Ephedra. Most if not all Ephedra deaths have been due to it's mixture with previously unknown health conditions of the deceased...DOING COCAINE AND TONS OF OTHER DRUGS WHILE YOU'RE ON IT PROBABLY DOESN'T HELP EITHER.

2781 days ago
62.

James    

Columbo aka Sherlock has been watching toooooo many Perry Mason reruns, from the 50's no doubt.

2781 days ago
63.

aneurysm    

daniel may have been her son, but he was an ADULT. kids are starting to experiment w/ drugs younger & younger these days & it doesnt matter what their background is, wealthy, poor, stable home environment or not. you cant blame howard for his death anymore than you can for anna's. howard was w/ anna for over 10 yrs. there was never news of any conflict or ill will on his part. you people are looking for someone to blame. stop trying to do the same thing to him you did to her w/ all of your negative persecution.

2781 days ago
64.

Kent    

Come on, this is soooo obvious. HKS will eventually be found guilty of two counts of murder. As for Executor and Heir to her estate... well come on... murderers aren't the smartest bunch of people to begin with. I know people that cheated their way to a degree... HKS hasn't provided anyone with any evidence of significant intelligence. Quite the contrary.

2781 days ago
65.

Stacy    

TMZ, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.......

You absolutely can be a beneficiary and an executor at the same time. It is a common practice ALL the time. Most people and their spouses do this ALL the time.

2781 days ago
66.

Your Old Friend    

All of you have made many good points about what has happened. But, now, it's time for the good people of Seminole, Florida to determine what has happened to this family. It is a shame such a young and beautiful woman had lived such an unhappy life. But then, youth and beauty attracts some devilish characters. Colombo, you need to cut back on your coffee intake.

2781 days ago
67.

JJ    

JUST WANT HOWARD K STERNS - WANTS ALL THE MONEY - NOW !!!!! IF ANNA WAS SOOOOO SURE HOWARD WAS THE FARTHER - WNY NOT DO DNA TEST ? HOWARD WILL GET RID OF LARRY NEXT - HE KILLED DANIEL AND NOW HE HAD TO KILL ANNA TO GET THAT MONEY THAT MAY COME HIS WAY-

2781 days ago
68.

duh...totally !    

HKS has been her friend and by her side for over 8 yrs.....I think he truly loved her, but was on the 'creepy' side...he saw her go through so many differnet men, abuse drugs, was used by every single person in her life.....

this is just so sad...... I really feel sad for Anna....

I hope the baby can have a some what "normal" life......

2781 days ago
69.

AlieC    

Hmmmm.....Could be lots of things here. He may not be able to be executor & beneficiary -- but, he could still inherit Anna's estate! He thought this one through, but not all the way. He's listed as "dad" on the baby's birth certificate. She's most definitely a minor. Until she's 18 or if something should happen to her (possible - 2 down, 1 to go?), he will "have" ANS's estate. Yeah, I know...it could be put into a trust fund. Those don't always hold.
Anna's mom, Birkhead, Zsa Zsa's husband, and whoever else pipes up next are all trying to claim Anna's estate! She could be worth many millions more (pending the outcome of her late husband's estate). There's a lot of strange stuff going on here. I truly feel sorry for Anna. She's been through so much cr@p. But, I feel the most for that poor, sweet little baby, Dannielynn. May she be blessed and watched over.

2781 days ago
70.

gai    

I think someone should quickly do something very seriously before something happens to Anna's baby daughter. That Howard Stern needs to be look into. Think about it. The son that is the beneficiary to all her money died and not even up to a month He(Howard Stern) made Anna that is still grieving his son married him. Bingo, next step, Anna died suddenly and now he Howard Stern being the husband and according to Anna the baby father is entitled to all her money. (SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT HERE ABOUT HOWARD STERN) WITH ALL THIS DEATH HAPPENING WITHIN MONTHS TO EACH OTHER. I hope they do not give his the custody of the poor baby. My main concern now is for the media to put pressure on the authority to investigate this Low life no good guy called Howard Stern. He called himself a lawyer without practicing. I will be glad if they can look deeply into this incident and really do a very comprehensive investigation on Howard Stern. Also they should put all Anna Nicole Smith money if she has any on Trust Fund for the baby.

2781 days ago
71.

asianexviewfan    

My friend went to school with Stern, and says even back then he was a total psycho creep outcast filled with contempt, who made everyone's skin crawl -- you know, a sociopath who wouldn't blink an eye before doing something to someone. So imagine his shock when he saw Stern show up as ANS's lawyer on her reality show! Then, after hearing about her son's death and now hers, he is absolutely convinced that Stern had something to do with both. We do know that he was with them both when they died, and he was the one who gave the methadone to Daniel. Now they find all those prescription pills -- including methadone! -- in Stern's name in ANS's hotel room. It's a no brainer!!

2781 days ago
72.

filling in for Colombo    

Unable to resist. Someone said above:

"They say on FOX NEWS that she could have choked on her own vomit. "

Well, Fox News should know what that tastes like at least. They do it every day, then attempt to push it down the throats of everyone else.

Impeccable expert witness there, though terrible coverage of a "it coulda been" instead of what is going on.

Let's go over some witnesses instead cause I'm old fashioned and work on a case like that.

[1] Witness of family testimony: If Stern was really isolating Anna Nicole (according to REAL witnesses of her family)--and possibly drugging her up to kill her--that seems plausible. An autoposy would have to be done. You know to get old fashioned evidence.

[2] Another witness: After all, for this intentional drugging, another witness mentioned in a CNN/People article said that Stern was physically leading Anna into the hotel, already weaving back and forth...

[3] Another WITNESS said that there was already some strange unidentified "nurse" (their word) that was there--somehow before the ambulance was there. Who was this "nurse"? Where did he/she go? It's important to find the name, because she was right there and possibly involved in a potential murder.

You know, old fashioned stuff. Witnesses. That's how you get criminals. Murder will out, despite how many attack poodles above wet themselves. (Though with a corrupt court, who knows...)

I hope the little daughter lives...as far away from that ghoul Stern.

2781 days ago
73.

gai    

I think someone should quickly do something very seriously before something happens to Anna's baby daughter. That Howard Stern needs to be look into. Think about it. The son that is the beneficiary to all her money died and not even up to a month He(Howard Stern) made Anna that is still grieving his son married him. Bingo, next step, Anna died suddenly and now he Howard Stern being the husband and according to Anna the baby father is entitled to all her money. (SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT HERE ABOUT HOWARD STERN) WITH ALL THIS DEATH HAPPENING WITHIN MONTHS TO EACH OTHER. I hope they do not give his the custody of the poor baby. My main concern now is for the media to put pressure on the authority to investigate this Low life no good guy called Howard Stern. He called himself a lawyer without practicing. I will be glad if they can look deeply into this incident and really do a very comprehensive investigation on Howard Stern. Also they should put all Anna Nicole Smith money if she has any on Trust Fund for the baby.

2781 days ago
74.

inside job    

Here's a thought....Has anyone wondered if Howard K. Stern was really a mole for J. Howard Marshall's son who couldn't bear to lose any of daddy's money? Having a mole named executor of her will sure would be one way to get any money awarded right back into your pockets.

It just seems to me like a lot of strings are being pulled to keep Mr. Stern from being considered a suspect. and from being forced to settle any paternity issues.

2781 days ago
75.

Suzanne    

One can be an heir as well as executor of the estate.
This woman could never seeming have had it all.
She was dealt a harsh hand. I watched her mother, so cold on GMA. I listened to her sister talk with Geraldo?...she was frigid. These people have probably never had it easy.
She had no father...so she sought out the protective old man
(also: he's loaded) and he probably genuinely cared for her...in every sense of the word. I believe she probably did genuinely love him and loved him more for being filthy rich. Who knows what their time together was like? She was stripping and he probably said "come to my palace, clean up..." He saw something in her for sure. He was an keen business man, he couldn't have been crazy enough to solely grant her the estate if his family was just gleaming!. And she most likely sought refuge, solace and love from him.
GLASS HALF FULL PEOPLE!
It was apparent that she ADORED her son. And he was on antidepressants b/c of the legacy she was preparing for him...and that legacy was bestowed upon her. Her family seems just cutting and cruel.
She clearly had a substance abuse problem that she would not, and probably could not, rid herself of. She had some near unsurmountable issues. Constant law suits. The stress, the drugs, the lawyer!!!!! And what about the assistant from her E Show??? What is her status?
Howard...she was probably his 1st gig outta college. What a rat.
He is obsessed with her. He is obsessed with her money. He strikes me as very shady. I will not be surprised if he is not in some way liable for this. He's very sneaky looking...he's probably a rat mutation. He def. is pyscho...sociopath.
He looks OFF in that photograph after she gave birth to that precious baby.
My every prayer is with that little tiny life.
Imagine what is in store for her.
Is she destined to break this chain?
I sincerely hope so.
It seems to me that Anna Nicole was a gorgeous, albeit flighty, but genuine sweet girl searching for love, wishing she had had a Daddy. She loved her son. Maybe she wasn't always appropriate in front of him...but she feel prey to drugs. And a crazy man (STERN)
I imagine that was hard for her family. To see her like that..but they seem like they could drive one to drink! This girl had way too much pressure from every angle. Money did not do anything but hurt her.
I hope that money helps this little girl. I hope that her father turns out to be someone other than Stern for sure.
The photographer seems OK. Who knows?
But we have to pull for this baby.
Two lives have been lost.
Let the buck stop here, please.
Did you read pg. 2 /last comment on the one pupil being fixed and the claw hand and it's ties to tendencies...good notes.
Kudos to filing in for colombo...brilliant

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