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Joan Rivers’ will leaves money to charities

OCT. 5, 2009 FILE PHOTO.LIONEL CIRONNEAU/AP Joan Rivers, who died at age 81 in September, left money for numerous charities in her will.

She made fun of one and all when she was alive — but she’s helping people in death.

Joan Rivers remembered the needy in her will and left money to numerous charitable organizations with which she had ties, according to papers filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court.

Rivers, who died at age 81 in September after a medical procedure, left money to charitable organizations such as God’s Love We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Jewish Guild for the Blind, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jewish Home and Hospital Foundation, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

The amount she left to the each charity, however, was a mystery, because all of the cash from her estimated $ 150 million fortune was being doled out from a confidential trust, court papers say.

The filings say the caustic comic’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, received “all tangible personal property” of her mother’s through the trust. Others who were identified in the filing as having received undisclosed amounts of cash were Rivers’ friend, Scott Currie, and assistants Sabrina Lott Miller and Jocelyn Pickett. The Daily News previously reported that Pickett, whom Rivers considered “like family,” will also get something extra — her four rescue dogs.

Other beneficiaries included the children of Rivers’ late sister, Barbara Waxler, the filings show.

The court papers don’t mention Rivers’ impressive real estate holdings, which include a $ 35 million Upper East Side apartment and a house in Connecticut.

A lawyer for Rivers’ estate, Gerald Lunn, declined comment.

The will and trust documents were both signed on November 16, 2011. There’s a provision that anyone who tries to challenge either the will or the trust would be disinherited.

05151417723, 21334631,Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Rivers’ daughter Melissa is named as a co-executor of her mother’s estate.

Melissa Rivers and two other people were named co-executors of her mom’s estate. The filing was made under Rivers’ married name: Joan Rosenberg.

The will’s filing paves the way for Melissa Rivers to proceed with plans for a wrongful death suit against Yorkville Endoscopy, the Upper East Side clinic where her mother went into cardiac arrest during what was supposed to have been a routine medical procedure to address issues with her vocal cords.

A source said the lawsuit could be filed by the end of the year, after estate lawyers get Rivers’ medical records. 


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