A judge ruled Wednesday that he needs to see more evidence before he can approve a petition by the parents of actor Anton Yelchin, who was killed in a freak accident at his Sherman Oaks home, that seeks a final distribution of their son’s assets as well as authority to pay their attorney for his work on their behalf.
Yelchin’s estate now has assets of about $1.45 million and his parents will equally share those holdings as well as future income earned from their rights to commercial publicity and the use of his image, according to court papers filed Oct. 11 by Victor and Irina Yelchin.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Juarez says he needs to see a supplemental declaration or additional documentation in support of the petition. He set another hearing for Jan. 23.
The estate’s major asset is the actor’s Studio City home worth about $1.1 million. Yelchin — who portrayed Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” franchise, including the recent entry, “Star Trek Beyond” — also held stock worth about $200,000 and had several bank accounts, including one containing nearly $140,000 in cash.
His parents are seeking court permission for the payment of a bank creditor’s claim of $417,500 representing the mortgage on the Studio City residence as well as approval of the payment of $32,600 to Dennis Mochizuki, the attorney who worked on the estate.
The Yelchins previously made a preliminary distribution of $134,185 to themselves, according to their court papers.
The 27-year-old actor died June 19, 2016, when he was crushed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee in his driveway. In their original papers filed in July 2016, Yelchin’s parents said their son did not have a will.
In August 2016, Yelchin’s parents filed a lawsuit against the automaker in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that defects in the vehicle led to his death. The case was later transferred to Glendale Superior Court, where a Jan. 26 hearing is scheduled.
The Yelchins say they will split any award they may receive from the lawsuit.
–City News Service