Aug 8 - Gerald Levert's Baby Mamas Vie For Share Of Late Singer's Estate

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Aug 8 - Gerald Levert's Baby Mamas Vie For Share Of Late Singer's Estate

Gerald Levert's Baby Mamas Vie For Share Of Late Singer's Estate

Nearly nine months after his death, the battle over Gerald Levert's estate has officially begun. Lawyers for two women who each bore a child by Levert are challenging the estate's executor.

In his will, Levert names his cousin and business manager Anthony Gibson as the executor. In March, Gibson began proceedings to execute the will in Ohio's Cuyahoga County Probate Court, but according to reports from Ohio's Plain Dealer Reporter, the process has come to a halt since the mothers of Levert's 17-year-old son, LeMicah Levert, and 8-year-old daughter, Camryn Levert, have challenged Gibson's status as executor because of the role he may have played in writing the will.

LeMicah's mother, Bridget Pursely and Camryn's mom Margaret Amber Hawkins say they are pressing the issue to guarantee their children receive what they are entitled to as Levert's next of kin.

Lawyers for Pursely and Hawkins are also trying to have the proceedings moved to Geauga County, where Levert owned a home in Newbury Township, rather than Cuyahoga County where Gibson planned to execute the will. His lawyers contend that Levert lived and spent most of his time there.

During a hearing last Wednesday (8/1) the magistrate asked the women's lawyers why the location mattered.

"We're being met with a lot of resistance," Steven Cox, the Pursley's attorney said. Lawyers for both women say they worry about future proceedings because Gibson has not kept them informed about the will. Pursely and LeMicah live in New Jersey, while Hawkins and Camryn reside in Las Vegas.

As SOHH previously reported,
 Levert, who was the son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert, died in his home in Cleveland last November. It was later determined
 that the singer's death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Levert's a*sets are estimated to be worth at least $2 million, which includes his two homes, two Mercedes Benzes as well as jewelry, clothing, furniture, securities and bank accounts. His music royalties and publishing copyrights still need to be appraised and according to court records, are likely to make up a sizable portion of the estate.

A hearing on the inventory and appraisal of the estate is scheduled for later this month. The dispute over jurisdiction will be tackled at a hearing in November.

Levert also has a 17-year-old daughter Carlysia Levert, who is expected to inherit a portion of the estate. Levert was never married to any of the three women who he had children with.

 http://www.sohh.com/artic .. icle.php/12267


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