Bitter legal end about the famous photographer’s fortune!
Gold Coast photographer Marty Tolemans, who was as much a part of surfing history as the iconic photos he took but suffered from bipolar disorder, and later dementia, He died two years ago of kidney failure.
Marty was a man of indefinite age whose flamboyant demeanor, motivated by his mental illness, helped create a kind of cosmic legend.
Minutes after selling him his old, painstakingly restored station wagon in 1964, I look out my office window to see the old stout mowing through the company’s flower beds, Dutchman’s smiling little face visible only above the oversized handlebar. wheel.
Again, on the opening date with the woman who would become my wife, later ex-wife, Marty showed up with a sword and performed a dangerous combo of calisthenics while swinging his weapon, which was polished to a high shine.
Very shrewd with his money, Ollie left Marty a total of $625,000, including $379,000 in cash.
A will from 2013 shared his property equally among his ex-partner’s four children, including daughter Tamar Tane, and nothing to his sister Maria Shaw.
In response, his sister claimed to have found an envelope marked “Powderkeg”, after he had been to a nursing home containing an updated copy of his will, this time leaving most of his fortune to her.
“This is to be read only if the will is contested,” read an accompanying letter.
Tamar Tani’s wife challenged Maria’s request and filed a counterclaim.
Tani’s lawyer alleged that there were “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the signing of the will.
In a court document, Maria said she and her husband found a safe containing the updated will, dated October 18, 2019, at Marty’s Kirra Beach Caravan Park cabin.
Maria said the will was witnessed by her father, Petros Tolemans, and Marty’s friend and neighbor, Deborah Phillips, thirty years ago.
Shaw’s son David said his Uncle Marty asked him to fill out a will form and then dictated his wishes to him, then watched Marty sign the form in front of his grandfather Petros and neighbor Deborah.
Marty told him to keep the will a secret, David said, telling his nephew, “I put the will in an envelope that had ‘Powderkeg’ written on it and put it in my safe.”
“Powderkeg” will leave fifty thousand to Tamar Tani to divide with her siblings however she wants, fifty thousand to Marty and her brothers Frank and the rest to Maria.
And here came the twist.
Deborah Phillips, whose signature is allegedly on “Powderkeg,” says she never saw or watched Marty or his father sign it.
In November 2020, Deborah said Maria invited her to dinner and said, “I want you to sign a document for Martin,” which she said she declined.
Maria denied asking Deborah to sign the will.
Meanwhile, the judge orders Maria to reveal text messages between her and him Deborah and hand over all of Marty’s phones and computers.
On Friday, Judge David Jackson called the circumstances surrounding the “Powderkeg” will suspicious, noting the discovery of Shaw, who would have received the bulk of the cash, written by her son and the neighbor saying she had not. I can’t sign it, and I found it in favor of 2013 will.
I think it’s a fitting coda for Marty’s wild life.
“I will never forget Marty Tolemans rolling to our family’s front door on Nullapura Road Newport in 1976,” Nick Carroll wrote. “Tom and I were two innocent possums, and the troll consie was one of our earliest encounters with the kind of amazing humans who inhabited the world in which we were doomed to live for the rest of our lives. We went forward to greet him, and the Tullemans bowed, and then he began a kind of ritual movement, a dance if you will, His hips swayed like an Indian yogi. “Do this!” he urged us. “You will open the chakras!” The scent of patchouli arose and spread through the grass. Our 80-year-old great-grandmother, who survived two world wars and the depression and was now raising three grandchildren on a foreign beach, was Marty was infatuated with her. “What an interesting person!” she said to me later. She was absolutely right. Vale, you clever lens you idiot.”