“The fact that all of this was done just days before he died. He could have thought, ‘I need to get my ducks in a row,’” a New York City estate lawyer said.
Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire and convicted paedophile, signed a will two days before he hanged himself, according to court papers.
Epstein, who had been charged over alleged federal sex trafficking of girls under the age of consent, was found dead in his jail cell in Metropolitan Correctional Centre, Manhattan, New York, by staff at 6.30am Saturday, 10 August (local time), The CEO Magazine previously reported.
The financier’s signed will was filed in the US Virgin Islands and stated he was worth US$577,672,654, New York Post reported, about US$18 million more than he had stated when unsuccessfully seeking bail on the charges of sex-trafficking of underage girls.
A New York City estate lawyer, who wished to remain unnamed, told the NY Post the most unusual aspect of the will was the day it was signed.
“The fact that all of this was done just days before he died. He could have thought, ‘I need to get my ducks in a row.’”
The 21-page will includes a copy of Epstein’s death certificate from August 15, five days after his suicide. New York City’s Medical Examiner’s Office has since ruled that Epstein killed himself.
The 66-year-old bachelor’s will was filed with court officials in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned two isles worth a total of more than US$86 million.
There was no information of the trust’s beneficiaries. The court papers note that Epstein’s only potential heir was his brother, Mark Epstein, but the will adds that Mark only had a claim to his brother’s extensive holdings if Jeffrey hadn’t left behind the document.
Jeffrey Epstein had been sued by a multitude of sex accusers before his death, and the lawsuits are still piling on.
The will stated that Epstein’s assets were:
- Cash: US$56,547,773
- Fixed income: $14,304,679
- Equities: $112,679,138
- Hedge funds and private equity: US$194,986,301
- Properties including: 9 E. 71st St., Manhattan, worth US$55,931,000; 49 Zorro Ranch Road, Stanley, New Mexico, US$17,246,208; 358 El Brillo Way, Palm Beach, Florida., US$12,380,209; 22 Avenue Foch, Paris, France, US$8,672,823; Great St. James Island and Little St. James Island both in the Virgin Islands, US$22,498,600 and US$63,874,223 respectively.
The will also includes a line for “aviation assets, automobiles and boats,’’ a collection worth US$18,551,700.
“Fine arts, antiques, collectibles, valuables,’’ according to the papers still needs to be appraised.