Astor testimony focuses on Maine property

Posted May 28, 2009, at 9:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

NEW YORK — Brooke Astor’s estate attorney says the philanthropist wanted her vacation property in Maine to be passed down to her grandson one day. But her son was against making it official.

Attorney Henry Christensen testified Thursday that Astor wanted wording in her will regarding the estate in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

Under the provision, the property would have gone to Philip Marshall after the eventual death of his father, Anthony.

According to Christensen, Anthony Marshall was afraid the provision would have his son waiting for him to die.

Anthony Marshall and lawyer Francis Morrissey are on trial in Manhattan. They deny exploiting Astor’s mental decline to plunder her $198 million estate.

Philip Marshall is a professor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

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