Bradford Lund is a 50-year-old grandson of Walt Disney. He has been fighting for his $ 200 million inheritance for 15 years, while his twin sister and trustee claim the property to have Down syndrome, voiding his trust based on not being mentally competent. Will give. Lund has been tested for Down syndrome and does not have it. He is now asking the California Commission on Judicial Performance to remove L.A. County Judge David Cowan for alleged ethics violations during a probate hearing. Bradford claims that Cowan showed prejudice by siding with “hostile trustees” who are paid $ 1 million per year to oversee the trust and thus instead release funds due to Lund as 35 There is a vested interest in maintaining trust.Th Birthday.
Last June, Cowan reportedly said in court: “Do I want to effectively give $ 200 million to someone who may be suffering from Down syndrome? The answer is no.” Lund’s DNA testing proved that he did not have Down syndrome and is able to manage his finances.
Brad Disney died in 1966, four years before Bradford and his twin sister Michelle was born. He left a significant part of his fortune to his daughters Diane and Sharon and their descendants. Bradford and Michelle’s mother, Sharon, died in 1993 after a battle with breast cancer. He left a portion of his estate to his children when they turned 35, including the three appointed trustees to be mentally competent to receive their trust funds. Sharon wished that Bradford and Michelle would receive payment from the trust fund on their 35Th, 40Th, And 65Th Birthday’s. She hired trustees, including her husband Bill, her sister Diane, and a real estate agent who discovered the location for Disney World. The trustees receive $ 1 million each year until Bradford and Mitchell are paid.
When the twins turned 35, the trustees decided that Bradford lacked the mental abilities necessary to obtain his payment. On the other hand, Michelle was awarded her payment despite allegedly being a drug addict and following almost fatal brain aneurism in 2009, which allegedly affected her mental abilities. Bradford and Michelle were once close siblings. Now, they are struggling with their $ 400 million legacy and have not spoken in four years. Bradford’s argument favors that Mitchell suffered brain damage from his aneurysm and that trustees control Mitchell like a “robot”, yet they receive payouts from their shared trust fund. Mitchell’s side includes trustees, and he argues that Bradford is mentally incompetent. The feud began on Labor Day 2009 when Mitchell had his fatal aneurism. When she fought for her life, her father tried to take her to Arizona, where he lived with his fifth wife and Bradford. The trustees sued to stop him and Mitchell chose his side when he recovered. Further complicating matters is the fact that twin aunt Diane and her step sisters worry that Bradford was being used by her father and her stepmother Sherry for their money. In a lawsuit filed in Maricopa County, Arizona, Diane and siblings called her a virtual captive in her home. Bradford has denied this.
Now Bradford is taking over how his mother’s will is being interpreted. He and his lawyers claim that the probate system is susceptible to corruption. Originally, clients are considered inefficient to manage their affairs, with trustees taking longer to pay.
Judge Cowan removed himself from the Bradford Lund case. He is also no longer a sitting judge in the probate court.