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 August 16, 2023

Senator Feinstein files lawsuit against estate trustees of late husband

The saga involving the elderly Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) took a new twist this week after it was revealed that she has taken legal action against the estate of her former husband, citing "elder abuse." 

According to the Washington Examiner, Feinstein filed a lawsuit against the trustees of the estate of her late husband, Richard Blum, accusing them of "financial elder abuse and a breach of trust."

In addition to those serious accusations, Feinstein also alleges that the estate hasn't paid out the "required income distributions," claims that were denied last week by the estate's trustees.

The money issues come as Feinstein faces increasing medical expenses given her declining health.

Feinstein's lawsuit was filed last week "in the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco," the Examiner reported.

The San Francisco Chronicle obtained the court filings from Feinstein's lawsuit against Blum's estate.

"Although Blum died more than a year and one-half ago, the Trustees have still neither funded the Marital Trust nor made any of the required income distributions to Senator Feinstein. Petitioner has repeatedly requested information from the Trustees on Senator Feinstein's behalf, including a copy of Blum's estate tax return," the filing stated.

It added, "The Trustees have either refused or ignored all of Petitioner's requests. In an act of hostility and retribution, one Trustee has attempted to interfere with the administration of another trust of which Senator Feinstein is a beneficiary, but he is not the trustee."

Feinstein has had several moments in recent years that calls into question for many her ability to do such a high-level, impactful job. Her cognitive health seems to be on the decline, and the situation has draw scrutiny even from within the ranks of the Democratic Party.

Many of the younger, progressive lawmakers have banded together to call for Feinstein to step down and pass the proverbial torch to someone younger and fresher.

Feinstein hamstrung the Democrat-controlled upper chamber earlier this year after being absent from the Capitol for months due to a shingles-related illness.

The Examiner noted:

In relief for the allegations, Feinstein is "compelling the Trustees to make a pro rata income distribution to Senator Feinstein in the amount of all income attributable to the assets that the Trustee should have transferred to the Marital Trust from the date of Richard Blum's death through the date of the judgment herein," among others.

Only time will tell if Feinstein prevails in the lawsuit.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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