PALM BEACH — In what’s gearing up to be one of the most expensive divorces in Palm Beach County’s history, Worth Avenue landlord Burt Handelsman recently wrote a check for $5.8 million, according to Palm Beach County court records.
And that, according to court records, was just for temporary attorneys fees FOR HIS WIFE less than a year after she filed.
The 88-year-old Burt’s also been ordered to pay for wife Lovey‘s Amex, according to court records.
Lovey, 87, allowed to run up to $10,000 a month in expenses.
The case centers around the half billion dollar fortune that Burt and Lovey have amassed in the 67 years they’ve been married, as well as their hundreds of businesses and real estate interests from Boston to Key West.
The Handelsmans’ holdings include large swaths of commercial land on Worth Avenue and South County Road in Palm Beach.
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In her initial filing, Lovey alleges she could not longer live with her husband. Burt has grown increasingly “mean” and “aggressive” as of late, according to her filing. At one point, she even hired a bodyguard to make sure things didn’t get out of control.
Surprisingly, Lovey claims their marriage is “irretrievably broken” partly because of Burt’s infidelity.
She accuses him of stepping out on her with their business lawyer, Jane Rankin, who’s “only” 61.
A part of the case also focuses on Rankin, and whether she acted properly since the Florida Bar frowns upon romantic ties between lawyers and their clients.
Lovey’s lawyers tried to depose her about her relationship with Burt, but so far she has managed to stay out of depositions. Of course, she claims attorney-client privilege and called the subpoenas “unreasonable, oppressive and unduly burdensome.”