Judge rules that Tom Bensen needs help managing assets
New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson needs help managing his assets in Texas, a San Antonio judge ruled.
Benson is dealing with "tremendous pressures" as his family fights with him legally over his fortune.
"It is obvious that the trustee is facing the pressures of the overreaching expectations of sports fans, the media's scrutiny, an interdiction contest with the beneficiary, a potential dispute over related trusts with huge assets as well as a likely pre-death will contest," Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff wrote in an order.."Even this revered trustee is mortal and no court should be complicit in allowing him more than he can bear if a reasonable and safe alternative is found to 'assist' him."
San Antonio mayor Phil Hardberger and estate lawyer Art Bayern were appointed as receivers over the Benson family fortune in Texas. Benson was trustee over a trust holding Lone Star Capital Bank, a real estate development in the small town of Blanco, a Texas ranch and San Antonio area car dealerships.
Benson is expected to appeal.
Benson has strained relationships with his children and grandchildren.
"The trustee is also a father," the judge wrote."It appears extreme to disclaim all his parental care, a serious life-altering change at his age. Wretched relationships cannot be good for this trustee who suffered the tragic early loss of two children and two wives."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun