Worst Dad Ever’s Will Demands Gay, Married Son Marries a Woman to Receive Inheritance
Frank Mandelbaum, 73, died in 2007, and his will prompted Robert Mandelbaum, a Manhattan Criminal Court Judge, to argue in a court battle over the estate that his longtime partner Jonathan O’Donnell is the only “mother” their 16-month-old son, Cooper, knows.
The couple married shortly after Cooper’s birth via a surrogate, entitling the child to a share in a $180,000 trust set aside for Frank Mandelbaum’s three grandkids, Robert declared.
The Manhattan Surrogate’s Court has yet to approve a settlement to ignore Frank Mandelbaum’s demand as discriminatory and against New York law.
Yikes. And you thought your dad handled your coming out poorly?
But real talk, is overturning a will based on discrimination something courts do? Aren’t wills by definition meant to be discriminatory? Aren’t wills generally just a final F-U to your family members and less of a “You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!” situation?
Still, jerk dad. Oy.
Do you think the son has a case on his hands? Or should he, his husband and their child just move on with their lives sans daddy’s dirty cash?