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February 16, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith’s (Vickie Lynn Marshall) Will Creates Even More Questions … Howard K. Stern Executor

Posted in: Anna Nicole Smith,Bizarre,Celebrity,Deceased

What a mess. Anna Nicole Smith’s 2001 Will was produced today and guess who was named as the executor? Howard K. Stern, what a surprise. In 2001, Howard K Stern would have been Smith’s attorney prior to any relationship that they would later have.  Howard K. Stern now controls Anna’s assets of a Will that names her dead son Daniel as the sole heir. Exactly how did Stern allow that to happen?


The document said Smith’s lawyer and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, should be her executor and hold her estate in trust for son Daniel Smith. But her son died last September at age 20 of apparently drug-related causes, days after the birth of the pinup’s daughter, Dannielynn.


(Click on document to enlarge)

And the will explicitly leaves out anything for anyone other than the son. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)


(Will of Vickie Lynn Marshall: TMZ)

Read full copy of Will HERE

On page 5 of the Will, Anna Nicole Smith defines the break down and allocation of the trust assets; however, there is an interesting error in the wording of the Will. Instead of “child” the word children (plural) is used.  

“Such that my children are distributed sufficient sums for the health, education …”


(Hat Tip: Klaas)

It is absolutely amazing how many times that Howard K. Stern’s name is around every corner. There is something just not right with any of this. In 2001 Stern is names the executor of Anna Nicole Smith (Vickie Lynn Marshall) Will. The Will was created around the same time that a judge reaffirmed a previous bankruptcy judges award.

Smith claimed J. Howard orally promised her half of his estate if she married him. In September 2000, a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge awarded her $449,754,134. In July 2001, Houston judge Mike Wood affirmed the jury findings in the probate case by ruling that Smith was entitled to nothing and ordered Smith to pay over $1 million in fees and expenses to Pierce’s legal team. The conflict between the Texas probate court and California bankruptcy court judgements forced the matter into federal court.[21]

It would make sense that Howard K. Stern is named executor; however, what Anna-Nicole Smith5follows does not. Howard K. Smith was Anna’s attorney. Stern would know exactly what was in the Will and the stipulations of his excutorship. He would have known that everything was left to Anna’s son Daniel.

If this is the case then how does an attorney not tell his client, let alone girl friend to change their Will when their son passes away? It has been stated that Anna Nicole Smith was obsessed with death. How could that be if she didn’t even care to update her Will knowing that it stated that she had left all to someone who had passed away? Why would Howard K. Stern not have this done as well? It was also alleged by Smith’s former nanny that Anna Nicole Smith had attempted suicide.

Imagine the following coincidences and one really begins to wonder how an attorney and the executor of Smith’s estate could have allowed no new Will to be drawn up after Daniel died. Howard K. Stern states that he is an attorney. How could be have missed something so obvious?

  • 2001 Howard K. Smith named executor of Anna Nicole Smith’s estate leaving everything to her son Daniel.
  • September 7, 2006 Anna Nicole Smith gives birth in Bahamas to baby girl named Dannielynn.
  • September 10, 2006 Daniel Smith dies in Bahama hospital room on drug overdose with Howard K. Stern present in room.
  • Daniel Smith buried in Bahamas
  • Sept. 26, 2006: Lawyer Howard K. Stern claims he is the father of Dannielynn. The following day, an ex-boyfriend, photographer Larry Birkhead, says he is the real father.
  • How does Howard K. Stern not have Anna Nicole Smith change her Will to reflect that her son Daniel can no longer be the sole heir and instead leave all assets to her new born daughter? He is an attorney.
  • February 8, 2007 Anna Nicole Smith found unconscious in hotel room with Howard K. Stern present. She later dies.

The legal ramifications of this case are astounding and there has not even been the paternity argued with the fact that Dannielynn is a citizen of the Bahamas, not US.

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