MIAMI — Fighting over the estate of a deceased loved one: It’s a spectator sport that’s impacted the families of celebrities as diverse as Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson, and now, Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria.
Alexia, 49, was married to Miami businessman Herman Echevarria, who died of a heart attack in his downtown condo in September at the age of 61.
They were married, but separated!
And now, in a lawsuit filed in Miami earlier this month, Alexia is accusing stepsons Herman Echevarria Jr. and Nelson Echevarria of trying to improperly seize the $3 million Miami Beach residence and flashy Maserati that they all shared when their old man was alive, according to court records.
Alexia, the self-described Cuban Barbie, claims to love Herman Jr. and Nelson as if they were her own sons, though the “sons’” behavior (like threatening to sue their stepmother if she didn’t hand over the car keys) suggests that the relationship might not be as warm and fuzzy as the Real Housewife is trying to portray.
Herman Jr. and Nelson were appointed co-personal representatives of their father’s estate under his will, and are thus charged with carrying out his wishes regarding the disposition of property as stated in the document.
RHOM star Alexia Echevarria with hubby Herman in 2013 (Splash News photo)
It’s easy to see how the boys might chafe at the notion of handing property over to Alexia.
After all, she was separated from their father at the time of his death, with a lingering divorce all but a formality.
Nevertheless, her claim to the house seems clear, with Herman the elder even ceding it to her under the terms of the prenuptial agreement the pair signed prior to marrying.
Court documents allege that the boys are ignoring “their father’s clearly expressed wishes and contractual obligations to his own wife.”
As the legal matters continue to shake out, Alexia has requested an injunction against Herman Jr. and Nelson to “preserve the status quo pending a final hearing on the merits” or—to put it another way—to allow her to continue living in her home while the court processes drag on.
Alexia is pointing to the fact that she and her husband never actually divorced and that they “continued to work together through to the date of his death, and they continued to co-parent [Herman Sr.’s] two sons” as proof that the union was far from finished and that she is deserving of some spousal consideration.
Herman Jr. and Nelson have made no reply; the young men, perhaps, are too preoccupied with trying to figure out the best way to cut the Maserati in half.