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DOCUMENT TITLE: Close of Hubbard Probate
SUBJECT: Close of Hubbard Probate and distribution of the Estate in accordance with the Will. Transfer of all right, title and interest in all the assets of L. Ron Hubbard's estate, including over 7,000 copyrighted works, from the Estate of L. Ron Hubbard to Norman F. Starkey, Trustee of Author's Family Trust-B
PARTIES: Norman F. Starkey, Executor of the Estate of L. Ron Hubbard and Trustee of Author's Family Trust-B (doing business at the time as "L. Ron Hubbard Library"); Ryland G. Hawkins, Notary Public; Meade Emory and Sherman Lenske, architects of the probate; Sherman Lenske as counsel to Starkey during probate of the Will; Sherman Lenske, Stephen Lenske, and Lawrence E. Heller, Special Directors of CST at the time of the Declaration, as "consultants" to Starkey (Trustee of both Author's Family Trust-A and Author's Family Trust-B), and as "Trust Protectors"
BACKGROUND AND NOTES
The actual date of the close of Probate on the Hubbard Estate, 3 January 1989, is the date on which Norman F. Starkey, as Trustee of Author's Family Trust-B, comes into sole ownership of all right, title and interest of the assets of L. Ron Hubbard's estate, including all right, title and interest "in and to all of the copyrightable works of L. Ron Hubbard." On this same date Starkey also begins doing business under the fraudulent "fictitious business name" of "L. Ron Hubbard Libarary."
Notably, the assets of the estate also include all right, title and interest that had been retained for the estate in the trademarks "Assignment" of 10 May 1982. See our report on the trademarks for the full story.
In effect, Starkey has formally replaced L. Ron Hubbard.
Of course, as always with this incredibly intricate and conspiratorial fraud created by Meade Emory, it's what you don't see that matters most. And what is not apparent at all is that Starkey is completely under the control of the three Special Directors at CST--Sherman Lenske, Stephen Lenske, and Lawrence Heller--in their roles both as "consultants," and as "Trust Protectors," all as set up by Meade Emory in the trust instrument for "Author's Family Trust-B."
Starkey is now set up in position to later transfer all the "corpus and income" of Author's Family Trust-B to CST once it is granted its tax exemption (already guaranteed by Meade and the boys at Treasury). And that is exactly what occurs by secret order of IRS in the 1 October 1993 Closing Agreement.
Here are excerpts from various documents memorializing the event:
From 4 January 1989 "AFFIDAVIT OF EXECUTOR":
3. The estate of L. RON HUBBARD has been fully administered. All
taxes, debts and expenses in connection therewith have heretofore been
duly paid or duly waived, and pursuant to a Decree of Distribution
dated January 3, 1989, issued by the Superior Court of the County of
San Luis Obispo, State of California, a certified copy of which is
hereto annexed, the remaining assets of the estate, including all
right, title and interest in and to all of the copyrightable works of
L. Ron Hubbard, also known as Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, have been
transferred to NORMAN F. STARKEY, TRUSTEE OF THE AUTHOR'S FAMILY
TRUST-B, AN INTER-VIVOS TRUST ESTABLISHED JANUARY 23, 1986 as sole
legatee. NORMAN F. STARKEY, TRUSTEE OF THE AUTHOR'S FAMILY TRUST-B, AN
INTER-VIVOS TRUST ESTABLISHED JANUARY 23, 1986, has succeeded to all
right, title and interest of L. Ron Hubbard, also known as Lafayette
Ronald Hubbard, and his estate.
Norman F. Starkey
Executor of the Estate of
L. Ron Hubbard, also known as
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Deceased
From RTC v. Keith Henson No. C 96-20271 RMW
On January 3, 1989...after the observance of all the requirements of a probate proceeding, all of Mr. Hubbard's assets were distributed in accordance with his wishes, and a final judgment in probate was entered by a court of competent jurisdiction without any challenge sustained as to any intellectual property rights. ...Exhibit D...is a copy of that final judgment. A final judgment in probate conclusively precludes any challenge to the distribution of the decedent's assets by anyone, any time, in any forum, for any reason: The major advantage of probate jurisdiction, however, in addition to precedence on the trial calendar, is that a resultant judgment is conclusive against "the whole world" and not just the parties to the litigation. Heiser V. Superior Court, 88 Cal.App.3d 276, 278, 151 Cal.Rptr. 745, 747 (1979).
Thomas R. Hogan
Motion for Protective Order
Los Angeles Times
January 5, 1989, Thursday, Home Edition
SCIENTOLOGY OFFICIAL IS GRANTED CONTROL OF HUBBARD ESTATE
BYLINE: By AP
DATELINE: SAN LUIS OBISPO
BODY: The once-contested multimillion-dollar estate of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard has been settled, and control of it was given to the top church official Hubbard had named as executor.
Superior Court Judge William R. Fredman on Tuesday ordered the estate turned over to Norman F. Starkey, who besides his position in the church was a longtime friend of Hubbard. ...
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