Objections to Rooney's will dropped; administrator approved

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Posted: Aug 20, 2015 6:12 PM
Objections to Rooney's will dropped; administrator approved

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge accepted Mickey Rooney's will Thursday and approved an attorney to administrator the estate after several of the actor's children dropped their objections.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cowan appointed attorney Michael Augustine to oversee the "Andy Hardy" star's estate, which includes some of the star's memorabilia and other modest assets.

Rooney died in April 2014, and his will disinherited his biological children. His stepson and caretaker, Mark Aber, will receive some of the proceeds of the estate.

"We are deeply gratified that Mr. Rooney's final wishes have been ratified and that his legacy will be honored by those Mr. Rooney selected," Augustine's attorney, Bruce S. Ross, wrote in a statement. I know that he would have been pleased with the outcome."

Several of Rooney's biological children objected to the will, which was signed just weeks before the actor's death at age 93. Those objections were dropped, clearing the way for Augustine's formal appointment.

Despite a show business career spanning more than 80 years, Rooney said he had lost most of his fortune because of elder abuse and financial mismanagement by another one of his stepsons

The actor's estate was valued at $18,000 in early 2014.

The star of the "Andy Hardy" films and Hollywood's highest paid actor in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Rooney was a product of the industry's old studio system and was not entitled to hefty royalty payments, Augustine said shortly after Rooney's death.