Fred Thompson’s sons file lawsuit over estate

A lawsuit filed by former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson’s two adult sons raises new questions about the days leading up to his death, according to WTVF-TV.

The lawsuit questions changes made to their father’s estate that allegedly were made after he was no longer able to make decisions.

On one side: Jeri Thompson, the former senator’s younger second wife and mother of their two children.

On the other: two adult sons — Tony and Dan Thompson — from Thompson’s first marriage.

Their lawsuit claims the widow and her lawyers have refused to explain a flurry of changes to Thompson’s estate in the days leading up to this death.

“Not having been involved, I don’t know why they would have declined to furnish that information,” said veteran Nashville lawyer Gary Blackburn, who reviewed the court filings at the request of NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Blackburn said Thompson’s family may be like a lot of other families in such situations where personal animosity often gets in the way of good judgment.

“If there is really nothing to be concerned about, of course, the questions arises why wouldn’t you just explain it?” Blackburn said.

“This was their father. Why wouldn’t you just explain it?”

Jeri Thompson issued a statement through a PR agency.

“There is no merit whatsoever to Dan and Tony Thompson’s claims, as they well know,” the statement said. “We will respond in the appropriate forum.”

Fred and Jeri Thompson were married for 14 years.

A lot of the suspicion appears to stem from a legal bill filed in court against the estate, in which a prominent Nashville law firm racked up more than $40,000 in legal fees, making changes to Thompson’s estate — much of it while he was on his death bed.

…The lawsuit, filed by the two adult sons, says their father wasn’t competent to make any changes to his estate and that his widow did not have that right either.

They’re asking a judge to either remove her as executor of the estate or force her to show them what changes she made — and why.