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French maestro is accused of exploiting aged singer

October 31, 2017 by norman lebrecht

3 comments.


The Offenbach expert Jean-Christophe Keck and a lawyer, Michèle Gruffaz, are facing court in Lyon accused of exercising undue influence on Eva Rehfuss, a Swiss opera singer who died in December 2008, aged 85.

Ms Rehfuss made Keck her sole heir a year before she died, claiming he was her ‘last true love’.

The estate was worth around five million Euros.

Her son has challenged the will.

Report here.

 


Comments (3)

  1. Alexander says:

    as they say in France “ça arrive”

  2. Helene Kamioner says:

    I wonder about the origins of this bit of smut

  3. Robert Hairgrove says:

    According to Swiss law, children are entitled to at least 75% of the estate of the parent if there is no surviving spouse (lovers don’t have a “Pflichtteil”, but she could have left him up to 25% maximum).

    Unless she was a citizen of some other country, in which case it is possible to specify an alternate jurisdiction for her will, that is. Perhaps she was actually a French citizen and not Swiss (or had both citizenships)?

    Note: I am not a lawyer, and this is not intended as legal advice.


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