Fred Thompson’s widow disputes lawsuit claims

The adult sons of late U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson were not swindled out of anything by Thompson’s wife, Jeri Thompson, because no changes were made to the former lawmaker and television star’s estate plans that would affect, according to a new filing in a pending Thompson family lawsuit that’s the subject of a Tennessean report.

Instead, the only change made ensured that both of the couple’s young children were entitled to part of the estate, according to Jeri Thompson’s legal filing.

“Each of (Thompson’s sons’) alleged claims against (Jeri Thompson) in this matter is founded upon a single premise — that (Jeri Thompson) took something that belonged to (Thompson’s sons) either through her own actions or by influencing the actions of Senator Thompson. That premise is unsound, unsupported and contradicted by the undisputed facts of this case. No person made any changes to Senator Thompson’s estate plans in October 2015 that caused any change in (Thompson’s sons’) position,” the response states.

“Each of (Thompson’s sons’) alleged claims against (Jeri Thompson) in this matter is founded upon a single premise — that (Jeri Thompson) took something that belonged to (Thompson’s sons) either through her own actions or by influencing the actions of Senator Thompson. That premise is unsound, unsupported and contradicted by the undisputed facts of this case. No person made any changes to Senator Thompson’s estate plans in October 2015 that caused any change in (Thompson’s sons’) position,” the response states.

Regardless of changes, Jeri Thompson said her late husband’s estate plans never included major distributions to his two adult sons.

“(The adult sons) were not primary or contingent beneficiaries either before or after the change. Nor did the change have any effect on Senator Thompson’s estate or the funds distributed to Senator Thompson’s heirs,” her response states.

Copies of the will included in the court case say Jeri Thompson is the primary beneficiary and that she is supposed to give Tony and Dan Thompson $50,000 each.