Have you ever seen the movie True Romance? There is a scene in the movie where Christopher Walken’s mobster character is in a confrontation with Dennis Hopper’s character. Walken wants information that Hopper does not want to provide. Most people when confronted by the mafia would probably give in. However, Hopper’s character does not. He insults Walken knowing that Walken will kill him for it. It’s the most memorable scene in a movie full of memorable scenes.
I thought about that scene recently. It is a Wow moment. Hopper’s estate just had a Wow moment that is just as rare as someone standing up to Christopher Walken. Hopper managed to cut his spouse out of his estate entirely.
Hopper died while in the process of getting a divorce. Under ordinary circumstances, his wife would have gotten the majority of his estate because the divorce had not been finalized. However, the two had a pre-nuptial agreement that stated that the wife could not touch any assets that were held in a Trust for Hopper’s daughter. Guess what? All of Hopper’s assets were in that Trust. The pre-nuptial agreement was ruled to be valid by the court and Hopper’s wife received nothing.
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Ryan M. DenmanandDennis D. Duffy
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