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Rat Pack comedian Joey Bishop's estate embroiled in lawsuits

Comedian Joey Bishop was the final member of the Rat Pack to die, passing away on October 17, 2007.  In addition to his friendship with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Peter Lawford, Bishop was known for his frequent television and movie appearances, including the many times he guest hosted The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson.   JBishop

Bishop amassed a multimillion dollar estate before he passed; sadly, that estate is now in legal turmoil.  His live-in girlfriend, Nora Garibotti, and several different lawyers and law firms that handled his estate planning needs during his final years are battling each other in multiple court proceedings.  Garibotti lived with Bishop for more than eight years after his wife passed and says he even asked her to marry him in 2002.   Her lawsuit states that these attorneys used "despicable and fraudulent conduct" to prevent Bishop's true wishes from being effectuated.  (Wait a minute, lawyers using despicable conduct?  Say it isn't so!)  You can read her lawsuit here.

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