The recently publicized debate over the mental competency of Clippers owner Donald Sterling has come to a turning point as details of his trust are revealed. The terms of the trust clearly outlined that Sterling would be ruled mentally incapacitated if two qualified doctors came to the same conclusion. Sterling’s attorneys are now faced with two possible routes of action; to prove that the trusts provision was unclear, or discredit the two doctors who deemed Sterling incapacitated. Upon gaining control over the estate, Sterling’s wife (Shelly), sold the Clipper’s team to Ballmer.
Through probate law (which states that anyone with an economic interest may take part in matters in which they have economic interest) Ballmer has remained a figure piece throughout the case. Set to begin on July 7th, this probate hearing will surely lead to the continued discussion of trust terms, the influence of mental health, and the management of estates (oh yeah… and the LA Clippers).
Estate Planning and Probate Attorney, Manhattan Beach Local, Sports Enthusiast