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Stan Lee is the subject of ongoing estate litigation

Many people in North Carolina and nationwide are great fans of Stan Lee, the mind behind Marvel Comics and the blockbuster Marvel superhero movies. Therefore, they may be saddened to hear that Lee is the subject of three legal filings claiming he has been defrauded and abused. Lee, age 95, is experiencing trouble with his memory and his vision is so poor that he can no longer read or operate a motor vehicle. After the death of his wife, several people have been caring for Lee but, according to some, their motives are questionable.

First, Lee executed a power of attorney naming a man who used to be his publicist to make financial decisions on his behalf. However, his publicist had Lee sell and relinquish all rights to his name and likeness. A lawsuit was subsequently filed stating Lee would never have meant to do that and the publicist had committed fraud. Other lawsuits against the publicist claim he stole thousands of dollars from Lee under the guise that they were gifts.

Lee replaced the publicist with a collector as his sole representative and business manager. However, following accusations of elder abuse and filing a false police report, a temporary restraining order was issued against the collector.

Currently, Lee is represented by a lawyer who has taken on the role as Lee's guardian ad litem. The lawyer is, therefore, permitted to act on Lee's behalf regarding the legal actions he is involved in.

Lee's situation exemplifies the various ways a vulnerable adult may be taken advantage of. It remains to be seen what the outcome of these lawsuits will be. However, one doesn't need to be a celebrity to be caught in the middle of disputes between their loved ones regarding estate administration and litigation. These issues can cause family rifts, so it is important that they are resolved in a fair and appropriate manner.

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