Per the Beverly Hills Courier Paper, Attorney Bruce S. Ross, representing estate administrator Howard K. Stern, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff during a status conference that a hearing will be held Jan. 6 regarding his client’s October criminal conviction on charges he helped supply Smith with painkillers and other drugs before her overdose death.
Less than two weeks later, oral arguments are scheduled before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a federal appeals court decision that Smith’s estate has no claim on the fortune left by her late oil billionaire husband, J. Howard Marshall, Ross said.
Beckloff scheduled the next estate hearing for Feb. 15.
Lawyers for Smith’s 4-year-old daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, who was named her sole heir, and E. Pierce Marshall’s widow, Elaine, will be making their case before the high court Jan. 18, Ross said.
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