Probate lawyers are keeping busy with Marlon Brando's Estate. Among numerous other cases, including a sexual harassment claim, battles over the use of his name for a chair, a former maid-turned-"major domo" who sued his Estate twice over promises he allegedly made, the most recent lawsuit was brought by his son's ex-wife. Specifically, Deborah Brando (the ex-wife of Marlon's late son Christian Brando, who received the inheritance rights through a settlement with Christian based on a domestic violence allegation) keeps claiming that Marlon's signature to a will document was forged.
The circumstances surrounding it sure were fishy -- Marlon supposedly signed it less than two weeks before he died on July 1, 2004, after he had been suffering from dementia, diabetes, and a host of other ailments. These apparently including paranoia -- he is said to have wanted his room locked when he died so no one would steal the buttons off his shirt! Despite these conditions, and the fact he never left his bedroom, his signature appeared on a codicil (lawyer-speak for amendment) to his will.
This codicil to Marlon Brando's will replaced his long-time will executors with two new ones. Deborah Brando claims this codicil was a forgery and the new two estate administrators committed fraud to cover it up and prevent her from suing earlier.