Astor’s Estate out of Probate
March 29, 2012
The details of the settlement were made public by the State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. They included a reduced amount to be given to Astor’s son, Anthony Marshall, who was convicted of elderly abuse and taking advantage of his mother old age to influence the content of her will, appeal pending.
Once the funds are distributed, the Charities Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General will step in to make sure Mrs. Astor’s last wishes will be honored by supervising the charitable organizations that receive her bequest. President of the NYPL, Anthony Marx, Director and CEO of the Met, Thomas Campbell, and others have complemented the settlement. According to Schneiderman, the settlement which is mainly based on the 2002 will, the Met and the NYPL may receive as much as 25% of the amount going to charity.