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Anna Nicole Smith's Embalmers balk at privacy agreement

By Steve in the UK     Feb 17, 2007 in Entertainment
The embalmers set to preserve Anna Nicole Smith's body were turned away Friday afternoon after they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement that, among other things, prohibited them from taking photographs of her body
Smith's body is decomposing and and needed to be embalmed swiftly, they was originally rumors that someone had been trying to take photographs of Smith's body, which have been denied.
The will, which gives her entire estate to her late son Daniel, raises perplexing legal questions as to whether Smith, 39, may have somehow disinherited her infant daughter, Dannielynn, and whether her partner, Howard K. Stern, stands to inherit her estate.
Among other developments in court last Friday:
• Howard K. Stern, Smith's partner, was ordered to come to Fort Lauderdale to offer testimony in Broward court on Tuesday.
• Attorneys for Larry Birkhead, Smith's ex-lover and one of several men claiming to be the father of her baby daughter, are asking a Broward court to order a paternity test here. That would require the child, Dannielynn, to appear in Florida.
• The court made little progress Friday on the central issue of who gets custody of Smith's body, and where she will finally rest. Smith's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, wants to bury her daughter near her birthplace in Texas. Stern, who lived with Smith in the Bahamas, wants to lay her to rest there alongside her son Daniel.
Stern's attorneys argued that Stern should not have to leave his daughter at this time, and said there is ''great anxiety'' that Dannielynn could be kidnapped. Smith and Stern's Bahamas home was broken into less than 24 hours after Smith's Feb. 8 death
Are you still keeping up, here are some more twists, just to make thing's a little more complex.
Smith left her entire estate to her son, now deceased, and named Stern as the guardian of her property, giving him broad powers over her estate until Daniel turned 25.
With Daniel out of the picture, say attorneys in Florida and California, where the will was drafted, some parts of it may be considered invalid, and Smith could be legally determined to have died intestate, or without a will.
The will does clearly establish Stern as executor. If Stern removes himself, Ron Rale, the attorney representing Smith in the California paternity suit, will be the executor.
Looks like this stories will run for longer than her marriage to, Texas oil magnate J. Howard Marshall
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