I read with interest that the Martin County, Florida probate judge acceded to the request of Davy Jones’ eldest daughter by granting her motion asking for the court records to be confidential. Talia Jones’ argued that “the decedent has been a public figure since the 1960s” and she “is concerned about the public’s access to the . . . planning documents and financial affairs as public opinion could have a material effect on his copyrights, royalties and ongoing goodwill.”
I am surprised that the court ruled in favor of the personal representative (or executor). Using that logic, virtually every probate estate could be closed. I am doubtful that Ms. Jones’ argument would have won the day in the Los Angeles County probate court; or for that matter, in any other probate court throughout the state of California.