Although they were not notified of the deal prosecutors cut with Jeffrey Epstein 11 years ago, an attorney representing some of his victims filed court papers that freezes Epstein’s vast estate from being divvied up without notifying him first.
The attorney representing victims of Jeffrey Epstein who were not notified about the wealthy financier’s cushy plea deal 2008, filed court papers in Palm Beach County Circuit Court on Tuesday to ensure the victims will not be in the dark again.
The court papers filed by Fort Lauderdale attorney Bradley Edwards put a freeze on Epstein’s estate and prevents it from being divvied up by a court until he is notified.
Legal proceedings have not yet been filed over Epstein’s wealth and it is not known where or when they will be filed. Epstein was not married and has no children. He is survived by a brother and a niece and nephew.
Lisa Bloom, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing two victims, has filed a similar request asking Epstein’s assets be frozen.
Florida law allows interested persons who are apprehensive that the estate will be administered without their knowledge to file papers, called a caveat, that requires they be notified when a probate case is filed. A judge may not appoint a personal representative to handle the estate until notification has been made.
Epstein hanged himself in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center early Saturday morning. Although his death ends the criminal case against him, legal proceedings over the fate of his vast wealth, estimated to be at least $500 million, are expected to be complex and lengthy.
Although Epstein has owned a home in Palm Beach since 1990, he did not declare it as his homestead. He claimed in court papers that his legal residence was one of two he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Epstein also owns a townhouse in Manhattan valued at $77 million and at least one aircraft.