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Shawn King and Larry King’s son are in a court battle over a handwritten will

Shawn King, the wife of the late Larry King, and King’s son, Larry King Jr., are now in a legal dispute

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In this April 18, 2007 file photo, Larry King speaks to guests at a party held by CNN, celebrating King’s fifty years of broadcasting in New York.

In this April 18, 2007 file photo, Larry King speaks to guests at a party held by CNN, celebrating King’s fifty years of broadcasting in New York.

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Shawn King — the wife of legendary talk show host Larry King — and Larry King’s son, Larry King Jr., are currently in a legal battle over King’s estate, USA Today reports.

  • Shawn King reportedly sought to block efforts by King Jr. to administer an estate valued at $2 million, according to USA Today.
  • Shawn King said Larry King nominated her to be the executor of his estate in 2015.
  • She is currently disputing a handwritten will that King Jr. says should take precedence in the wake of Larry King’s death, per USA Today.

What does the note say?

“In the barely legible handwritten will, King, who died at 87 on Jan. 23, splits his estate equally between his five children. Shawn King, who is not named in that will, has petitioned to be appointed executor,” USA Today reports.

The 2019 note reportedly reads (via the Los Angeles Times):

  • “This is my Last Will & Testament. It should replace all previous writings(.) In the event of my death, any day after the above date I want 100% of my funds to be divided equally among my children Andy, Chaia, Lary Jr, Chance & Cannon. Larry King.” (Both Andy and Chaia both died in 2020.)

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Shawn King said Larry King Jr. has a conflict of interest because he owes the estate more than $260,000, which was recently paid to him, according to Variety.

  • Meanwhile, Larry King Jr. said Shawn King and her father were involved in a divorce proceeding, which means she shouldn’t have priority, according to Variety. The divorce has not been finalized.
  • So what’s next? Per Variety, a new hearing on the case is scheduled for Feb. 24.