Beasley Allen has joined the CBC Law Group (formerly known as The CW Firm) in ongoing litigation on behalf of the family of Gerald Kessler, founder of natural products industry groundbreaker Natural Organics, Inc. Mr. Kessler passed away in March of this year at the age of 80, leaving an estate believed to be valued at more than $800 million. At the center of the litigation is a Trust Amendment created in 2013 to the Gerald A. Kessler Revocable Trust that gives Melanie Kay Williams (an actress also known by the stage name Meadow Williams and Mr. Kessler’s purported wife) control over almost all of his assets as Trustee. Essentially the Amendment further established her as the sole and exclusive beneficiary of the estate, with the balance scheduled to pass to her brother, Wade Williams. The Petition filed on behalf of the Kessler family alleges the 2013 Amendment to the Gerald Kessler Revocable Trust is void.
Court documents reveal that Williams was still legally married to her husband Mark Spadafino when she wed Mr. Kessler in Las Vegas in 2010. In addition to bigamy, the Petition alleges Williams, who is 31 years younger than Mr. Kessler, manipulated and unduly influenced him to execute new estate planning documents through actions including elder abuse. Williams recently asked the Court to confirm her as Trustee under the 2013 Amendment, which Plaintiffs adamantly opposed. A ruling on her confirmation as Trustee has yet be issued.
In a separate action filed in New York, Williams attempted to evict Mr. Kessler’s grandson, Marshall Kessler, from his childhood home. The Court, however, granted Plaintiffs’ motion to stay and enjoined Williams from proceeding with the eviction action. The Court order read, in part:
This case is still in its infancy, and it is too early for the Court to take a position with respect to the merits. Being mindful of the standard, however, the Court has examined all of the pleadings thus far and finds that the claims of the Plaintiffs are well-pled, are based on solid legal concepts, and have at least as much merit as what has been gleaned from the Opposition.
Beasley Allen lawyers Dee Miles (head of the firm’s Fraud section), Lance Gould, Leslie Pescia, and this writer are working with the CBC Law Group lawyers, including its managing partner David J. Callahan, III; and Holland & Hart, LLP, in this most interesting case. The Petition is filed in the Second Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, in and for the County of Washoe. Plaintiffs are Marshall Kessler, Sheree Kessler, Craig Kessler, Steven Kessler, Kaleigh Kessler, Krystal Ferrari, Michael Kessler and Shawn Kessler. We will give an update on this matter in the January issue.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.