Anne Heche didn’t repay a loan before she died. Now an ex wants her estate to pay up
The woman died in a hospital bed in January. Her late son wanted her estate to pay off a loan his mother made before her death. But a judge has ruled that there is no reason to delay the rest of the settlement.
Maria Heche, 70, a retired art teacher, was diagnosed with colon cancer last spring. In late February she fell ill in the driveway of her home in the Bay Point neighborhood of Staten Island, and she died on March 22.
The last entry in her diary included, “I need a loan from family — no big deal,” according to a transcript of her funeral.
A federal judge ruled that the son’s claim was valid. The ex-husband of a daughter of Maria Heche’s said her son, who she once loved, asked for the $3,000 from her estate because he was owed the money by his mother, according to the New York Daily News.
The son, Paul Heche, said he and his mother were very close. “We were a unit,” he said in a lawsuit. “She was there for me and my brother. After she passed away I had to pay a fee to my mother. I was not close to my mom that way, I am from a Catholic background, so the way she took care of us, we treated her with respect. I did not want money, I wanted her to be happy and live her life, we always sat together. She never asked for money. I took her money after her passing.”
The son was denied a lump sum of $3,000 in a settlement, but the judge agreed to delay the rest of the settlement by six months to give the son time to move to a different town.
He died of cancer last fall, leaving behind a 6-year-old son and two daughters.
The son, who asked not to be named, said he had known nothing about a “loan” from his mother’s estate or about her death until the ex-husband of his daughter sued him.
He said he did not even know that his mother had cancer