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Rat Packer's Ex Lookin' for Cheese

5/8/2008 8:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The live-in lover of late Rat Packer Joey Bishop is suing a bunch of people, claiming they screwed her out of assets in Joey's estate.

Nora Garibotti claims Bishop's law firm and his agent, Ed Hookstratten, were responsible for revisions in Bishop's will that aced her out of Bishop's home on tony Lido Island in Newport Beach, along with "books, cash, furniture and other personal property." To make matters worse, Garibotti claims there's a clause that completely disinherits her if she contests the will and it was not Joey's intent to do that.

That's the short of it. It is one of the most frickin' complicated lawsuits we've ever reported on. Bishop changed his will a zillion times.

BTW, Garibotti has an interesting description on her relationship with Joey: "Ms. Garibotti was a close personal friend of Joey Bishop for approximately 24 years prior to his death. For the first 16 years....they golfed almost everyday." Then, in 1999, after Bishop's wife died, she moved in with him.

The suit goes on to say, "In February, 2002, Mr. Bishop asked Ms. Garibotti to marry him, and she declined in order to avoid the publicity that she believed would interrupt their peaceful life together." Not so peaceful after all.

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Bewitched    

She was NOT his wife so she really isn't entitled to anything. That is why you have your own stuff and not wait around for someone to pass away.

2338 days ago
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good grief!    

ouch!

2357 days ago
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What do you look like?    

Not everyone who reads this blog is a teenager.

Regarding the actual article, does she really believe that her wedding to Joey would attract much attention?

2357 days ago
4.

Msfisty    

HEY CHICKEN STRIPPER , GO GET A LIFE AND DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING ABOUT THE

OLD PEOPLE!!


2357 days ago
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eindoodle    

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2357 days ago
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rachelle    

Hey Chicken Stripper.....believe it or not, you are going to be old someday!!! And, nobody is going to give a damn.

2357 days ago
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He's Boring now    

Oh I see, if you golf with someone and give them hand massages, you get their stuff when they die....oh really, he asked you to marry him and you said no, and now you want his stuff? What a gold digger you are---get back to the golf course and find some more old guys to lead on who probably dont even remember their own names.

dime a dozen these type of broads

2357 days ago
8.

BUTTPILL    

Chicken Stripper can go cluck himself.

2357 days ago
9.

Kelli    

Chicken Stripper? Slow down on the margaritas.

2357 days ago
10.

Twinker    

I'm old enough to remember when Joey Bishop was young and on Johnny Carson all the time. What was fun was when Joey Bishop and Joey Heatherton were on the same night.

2357 days ago
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Bubblebunny    

Interrupt their peaceful life ? OK, baloney.... She thought people would talk about the affair, before and after the wife died. She might look like a HOE. That's right - a garden implement exposed in all of her stinky nastiness ! Hos are liars. Look at Barbara, and Spitzer's ho. Stay away from our husbands, Ho Ladies of the Evening ! Git your own guy. If you think he's bored or unhappy, Mind your own darned beeswax ! Husbands, if you are sick of us, get up and leave ! Quit trying to get the best of both worlds, nice home and family , and something nasty on the side ! For God's sake act like grown men !!!

2357 days ago
12.

Bubblebunny    

OY, OY, OY - Zeta Beta Toy ! What ever happened to my little Jewish Boy ?
I sent my Boy to College, to learn and read and write,
And now he's dating Shiksas on Yom Kipper Night !!
HEY ! OY< OY< OY< Zeta Beta Toy ! What ever happened to my Little Jewish Boy ?
...Hava Negilla, Hava Negillla !

2357 days ago
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Bubblebunny    

So Joey was a Shiksa Schlepper ??? Sad. This golfer girl should leave the family alone. Quit trying to horn in on stuff you have no right to. But out ! Go away. Dry up, Drip. Make like a tree, and leave. Dig for Gold somewhere else. Troll the Old Folks Homes. Learn to make a nice Chicken Soup, and a Brisket, then put on your best MUMU and troll the Beach in Miami.

2357 days ago
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Spell Check.    

What's the latest news on Arthur Godfrey?

2357 days ago
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Only swim in the Ocean    

Well, if her account of what happened is true, then we have the oldest lawyer scam in the world at work here.

Bishop's g/f describes two high priced Lawyers who are handsomely paid to draw up legal papers. After they draw up the papers, which would distribute Bishop's Revocable Trust assets upon his death, they unimaginably tell their client that he should jot down little handwritten notes to make clear that the papers accurately reflected his wishes. Major bells should have been going off right there.

The handwritten missives were like 'love notes' to one of the Lawyers explaining that Bishop regarded him as a 'Dear Friend'. The writing of these notes seems to have been a backup plan should a Court question the ethical nature of the legal papers.

The crux of the issue is that two Lawyers bamboozled an elderly celebrity into signing papers that effectively made Bishop's Estate and the two Lawyers, business partners upon his death by providing the Lawyers an inheritance that was a percentage of the total Estate rather than a fixed dollar amount.

Lawyers are to be paid a standard hourly fee to probate an Estate, not receive a percentage of it. Here, the dollar amount of their percentages would increase depending on how well the Lawyers conducted the Real Estate transactions that comprised the major assets of the Trust, thus meaning they were not working for the Estate but were actively participating in the business of the Estate after Bishop's death.

2357 days ago
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