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Dennis Hopper -- Probate Battle Brewing

5/30/2010 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dennis Hopper may have died peacefully, but TMZ has learned a war is about to erupt over his estate -- partially because Dennis died a married man.

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Dennis had been desperately trying to divorce Victoria Hopper -- he filed in January -- but the clock ticked too quickly, and the divorce was not final when he died this morning. 

Why the race to split up?  Under the prenup, Victoria gets 25% of Dennis' fortune and a $250,000 life insurance payout -- but only if they were married and living together when Dennis died.

That 'living together' part is critical because Victoria has been living in a separate house, on the same property as Dennis. Sources tell us Victoria will argue that since she was on the property, she was living with Dennis -- and is therefore entitled to the big payout.

Dennis' high powered attorney Joe Mannis isn't surprised, saying "She said she would challenge it, and I fully expect her to do so."

The divorce action is officially over now and this all moves to probate court -- where both sides say they're gonna fight.

Get ready for a battle royal.


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kltcustoms.com    

What a bitch.....RIP Dennis !

1422 days ago
2.

Lisa    

Well, it's obvious what his intentions were and they should be honored.
RIP.

1422 days ago
3.

Areader    

Hopefully Dennis Hopper's high powered attorney will stop this gold digger in her tracks!

1422 days ago
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awards    

Whatasunt! No RIP...

1422 days ago
5.

klorfing    

What an evil cow.A couple weeks ago when he didnt attend a deposition she said he wasn't that sick.Its to bad he couldnt have resolved this before his passing.I hope shes gets the absolute minimum.

1422 days ago
6.

Jon    

He was a seedy character.

1422 days ago
7.

beau     

Why did Dennis wait untill he got sick to try to divorice that wife? Lawyers are really going to make out..

1422 days ago
8.

Ginny    

C'mon TMZ. The man's body isn't even cold yet. Lay off for a few days and let him die with the dignity his family is apparently unwilling to give him.

1422 days ago
9.

kat    

he was influenced by his older children to divorce his wife. KARMA!



i'm thrilled he died still married to her. hope she gets her fair share!!

1422 days ago
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Kate    

The only people to win in divorce / custody or probate cases are the attorneys. Just give her the damn 25% and $250K, and be done with her. It's blood money, after all - then let Karma do the rest. Bet on it.

1422 days ago
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ThatsPrincessToYou    

She is such a BITC! It's no surprise though, she's been after his money. This is what happens when you marry a golddigger. Sadly, there was nothing peaceful about his death because of her!!! RIP Dennis

1422 days ago
12.

Ryan    

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER "PUT A RING ON IT" RIP DENNIS. **** YOU KAT, DAMN GOLD DIGGER

1422 days ago
13.

Janice    

What has happened to Pre-Nups or death do we part and mourn. I guess lawyers come before anything anymore.

1422 days ago
14.

Andrea    

Please! People heve some respect. It doesn't matter if you liked him or not he was a person so please stop with the negativity. can't believe that so many people can compare what he has achieved to Kato. That is so low-classed.

1422 days ago
15.

edge70    

I will never understand why anybody gets married anymore. Although Im sure lawyers are all for it.

1422 days ago
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