In May, Alan Thicke’s sons Brennan and Robin Thicke filed a lawsuit against their father’s widow, Tanya Callau. They thought that Callau was going to contest a prenup that she signed in 2005, but according to her probate attorney, that simply wasn’t the case. The judge agreed.
In its article, “Robin Thicke & His Father Alan's Widow Celebrate Their Love For Late Actor After Judge Throws Out Singer's Lawsuit,” People quoted Callau’s attorney, saying “I am thrilled that I was able to get this bogus lawsuit thrown out of court for Tanya, whose only sin was that she loved her husband and has suffered grievously since losing him.”
Callau said she won’t contest the prenuptial agreement she signed and the judge agreed, saying there was no evidence that she had planned that action.
At the same time, four-time Grammy nominee Robin said he was happy to hear his stepmother wouldn’t be contesting the prenup: “We are thrilled to hear that Tanya will no longer be contesting the validity of her pre-nuptial agreement with Alan, and has agreed to honor his last will and testament. Our father was a wonderful man, who all of us loved very much.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein said a new petition could be filed “if he has information supporting the sons’ assertions.”
Five months after Alan died in December, after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey, Brennan and Robin filed the petition against Callau. Before he died, the two boys were named co-trustees of their father’s living trust if Alan’s brother, Todd, declined to take on the responsibility (which he did).
In February 2016, the most recent version of Alan’s trust was signed, and the two brothers alleged that Callau didn’t complain about the estate or prenup then. Alan left each of his sons “(in equal shares): ownership of the Carpinteria, California ranch that he bought in 1989 and desired to keep in his family forever (the “Ranch”), 75 percent of his personal effects, and 60 percent of his remaining estate.”
Callau was left “all of the Ranch’s furnishings, 25% of his personal effects, a $500,000 life insurance policy, all of his death benefits from pensions and union memberships and 40 percent share of his remaining estate. Alan also provided that Tanya may live in the Ranch after his death, so long as she maintains the property and expenses.”
But in the time since Alan died, Callau allegedly claimed the prenuptial agreement she signed over ten years ago is invalid. She claimed there is no chance the prenup could withstand a legal challenge and that she has very significant community rights in the trust’s assets and rights of reimbursement to improvements to the Ranch. She also claimed “Marvin rights,” arguing that she had to forego opportunities to pursue and advance her own career to support Alan and be his companion, including raising Carter.
According to the attorney representing Thicke’s sons, Callau had said she was going to go public with the controversy, making it the topic of tabloid media, unless the Co-Trustees agreed to mediation and to give her what she wanted.
Reference: People (September 15, 2017) “Robin Thicke & His Father Alan's Widow Celebrate Their Love for Late Actor After Judge Throws Out Singer's Lawsuit”