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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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46.

Joe    

Unfortunately, instead of leaving this earth unen***bered and at peace with how you lived your life, Dennis died a bitter, angry and revengeful death. Obsessed about money and filled with hate. Your choice pal.. but you were pathetic.

1554 days ago
47.

julie    

Victoria is entitled to half of his property, they were married for quite some time. It's his greedy kids wanting her to have none. Greed in the family is never pretty.

1554 days ago
48.

Morgan    

Victoria Duffy tried to drag a dying man into court to get money out of him. She didn't care that such an ordeal could kill him.



And yet there are people who support her.



Why am I surprised?



Birds of a feather....

1554 days ago
49.

Xenu    

In California, NO MATTER WHAT THE WILL SAYS, a wife can file for 50% of the estate.



Case closed.



Screw them, but don't marry them.

1554 days ago
50.

BJ    

She should get nothing? She doesn't deserve anything? She probably killed him? SHE GETS NOTHING!!!!!

1554 days ago
51.

Greg    

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



We do it for love and because it is the natural order of things. Marrying my wife is without a doubt the best thing I have ever done in my life. Though why she puts up with me is a mystery for the ages.

1554 days ago
52.

dd    

Hoe's have no shame or loyalty..MEN WAKE UP!

1554 days ago
53.

penny    

Give her the money. She earned it by being married to him for fourteen years. He was a pig, drunkard, nasty, foulmouthed man.
He spent more money on drugs than what she will get.!!

1554 days ago
54.

Rj    

When he first died I made a comment that his EX should be ashamed to say he was faking how bad off he was. But now I realize what her and her team did.



They said all of that because they knew it would cause him much stress and anger, which would speed up any process of death.



Some of her lawyers have won some very high profile probate cases before, just look it up on justia.com and search by the lawyer name, you will then see what I see.

1554 days ago
55.

Change 2010    

Wow.All these people unleashing such ignorance and vitriol towards the mother of Dennis Hopper's child while at the same time commending Dennis Hopper as some kind of great guy.
So He was in a few movies.Big deal.I see how people relate to his humanity because of this but...
The guy was a counter culture junkie who advocated selfish pathological behavior.
There's millions of men who accomplished more just by being faithful loving husbands and loving fathers who led quiet lives.
Men who did'nt advocate dragging society into a cesspool of narcissistic pathologies and drug addiction.
Good freakin grief!!!Wake up people!Read the headlines !Look at the all the crime,murders and street violence that came as a result of the promotion of drug abuse by these self serving creeps.
It's just a horror that's been unleashed on the world.
People like Dennis Hopper are responsible for promoting this horror.
The guy was no hero.He was a bane on the face of the earth.That's the truth.Anyone who pushes drugs and the behavior that surrounds it needs to be exposed not treated like a big shot by some amoral hollywood ghetto ethic.

1554 days ago
56.

Rigid Rider Now    

Let's not whitewash Dennis Hopper's life completely here. This guy was involved with the Manson Family briefly. Look it up yourself to see his name linked with Charles Manson all over the Internet. I think Hopper originally wanted Manson in the Peter Fonda role for Easy Rider.

1554 days ago
57.

Bert    

a comment about Hopper being "a seedy character."
He was a great actor.

1554 days ago
58.

allheadswestwardoh!    

Men are fickle, I'm sure deep down, ol' Dennis wanted her to be set for life after he passed. GOD BLESS THEM BOTH. R.I.P. EZ RIDER! Shame on the lawyers.

1554 days ago
59.

WHATEVER    

GET OVER IT. WHEN YOU MARRY, IT'S COMMUNITY PROPERTY. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T GET MARRIED. IN OTHER WORDS, HIS WIFE WAS NOT SOME PEON THAT HE COULD JUST DISMISS , AS IF SHE WERE A SERVANT. MEN ARE IDIOTS. THEY CLAIM WOMEN ARE MONEY GRUBBERS ????!!! THEN WHY IN NEARLY EVERY DIVORCE DOES THE HUSBAND IMMEDIATELY TRY TO SCREW THE WIFE OUT OF EVERYTHING ??? HE'S LIKE "MINE IT'S ALL MINE". IT'S NOT THE WOMEN WHO ARE NUTS....ITS THE SELFISH HUSBANDS. I'M SICK OF THE HYPOCRISY. AND YEAH KNOWING HOW CRAZY DENNIS COULD POSSIBLY GET, NO WONDER SHE ENDED UP LIVING ON THE PROPERTY BUT NOT IN THE SAME HOUSE--==WHAT A DUMB RULE ANYWAY WHEN THERE ARE PERFECTLY GOOD REASONS WHY SHE COULDN'T STAY IN HER OWN HOUSE { IT WAS HER HOUSE AS WELL AS HIS HOUSE...}.

1554 days ago
60.

MightyMouse    

He was doped to the hilt for months before he died; this is his kids' doing, they want all the cash for themselves. I hope this one gets her due. It ain't easy living with somebody like Hopper when he was *healthy*, she's earned every penny putting up with his bullsh*t and that pack of greedy offspring. Having a reputation for being a bastard isn't exactly the best legacy to leave behind.

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