Prior to Hopper’s death last month after battling prostate cancer, he and his fifth wife Victoria Duffy were in the midst of a bitter divorce. In his final months, Hopper had been ordered to pay $12,000 a month – $8,000 per month in spousal, and $4000 per month in child support – to his estranged wife. Further, Victoria and Galen were living on the family compound in Venice, Calif.
Weeks after Hopper’s death, the trustees are now fighting to get Victoria and Galen off the property as soon as possible.
As for dividing up the estate, Hopper reportedly drafted an amendment to his estate plan back in March, in which he effectively tried to cut down Galen’s share from 40% to 25%. Under California law, however, the amendment may not be valid since changes to an estate plan are severely restricted when a divorce is pending.
In the meantime Victoria believes she’s entitled to 25% of Hopper’s estate, while the trustees believe she should receive nothing.