The estate of Alaskan Bush People star Billy Brown has been unable to stop the breach of contract lawsuit of Robert Maughon. Reportedly, the request to dismiss the case was denied by a Washington Judge. According to Maughon, the late Brown’s estate owes him as much as $500,000. So, what will happen now?
Alaskan Bush People star Billy Brown had no valid will
Billy Brown of Alaskan Bush People sadly passed away in February 2021 after suffering a seizure. This led to Robert Maughon filing a breach of contract lawsuit against the Brown family. According to Maughon, Brown’s estate and Alaska Wilderness Family Productions owe him some $500,000.
Ami Brown and the lawyers for Billy’s estate filed to have the lawsuit dropped due to “lack of subject matter jurisdiction.” According to the lawyers, the case was wrongly filed in federal court, as they believe it does not have authority to take the probate case. In fact, they asked that the case be moved to a state court, which the Washington judge denied.
As noted by The Sun, the judge ruled that Federal Courts have jurisdiction to entertain suits to determine the rights of creditors, legatees, heir and other claimants. Moreover, this is so long as the federal course doesn’t interfere with the probate proceedings. The judge further ruled that the court is not asked to probate or annul a will, nor is it asked to administer Brown’s estate.
How did the lawsuit come about?
Maughon, a Tennessee doctor, filed the lawsuit against Brown’s estate on April 27, 2021. He claimed that he had signed a contract with Billy Brown in January 2009 and invested $20,000. Apparently, the Alaskan Bush People star did agree to pay him 10 percent of income from sales of books published by Alaska Wilderness Family Publications. Maughon said the contract was valid for the next decade.
Meanwhile, Maughon further claimed the existence of a second contract signed with Brown in January 2009. In that contract, the Tennessee doctor would receive 10 percent of earnings from Alaska Wilderness Family Productions. Moreover, he would receive this for the rest of his life, after investing $10,000 in the company.
According to Maughon’s lawsuit, Brown never paid him based on these contracts before he died in February 2021. In fact, the doctor believes he should receive around $500,000. It was in August 2021 that lawyers for Ami Brown filed to have the case dismissed. Reportedly, this was due to the fact it was filed in federal court rather than state probate court.
In response, Brown’s lawyers respectfully requested that the court dismiss the case on the basis of lack of prosecution.
Ami Brown represents Billy Brown’s estate
Meanwhile, Ami filed court documents in April 2021 to become the personal representative of her late husband’s estate. Reportedly, the Alaskan Bush People star said that “no valid will” was ever found. Brown went on to list her late husband’s assets as $439,000, including four parcels of land worth $415,000. Moreover, Brown also apparently had $2,000 in a Wells Fargo bank account.
Included in the paperwork was Brown’s official death certificate, listing his probable cause of death. The document stated that it was likely cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease that killed the reality TV star.
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