Estate of attorney asks $46M for Palm Beach home amid dispute
The estate faces opposition from the prominent attorney's daughter but listed the home anyway
The estate of deceased attorney Robert Montgomery listed an oceanfront home in Palm Beach for sale for $46 million.
The owner of the house is a trust whose beneficiary is Montgomery’s widow, Mary Montgomery, who is in her 80s.
Montgomery, who died in 2008, was the lead attorney for the state of Florida in a 1997 settlement requiring major cigarette producers to pay $11.3 billion to the state for Medicaid costs for treatment of diseases related to smoking.
The trust that listed the home on South Ocean Boulevard with a $46 million asking price is in a dispute with the Montgomerys’ 53-year-old daughter, Courtnay Montgomery, who lived in the home until spring, when the trustees evicted her.
The trustees filed a petition in April to obtain a court order confirming their right to sell the home. Courtnay Montgomery responded by filing an objection to the petition, claiming that a sale would not serve her mother’s best personal or financial interests, according to her attorney Jennifer Carroll.
The case will be heard in October by a Palm Beach circuit judge, who will rule on whether the trust can sell oceanfront home, Carroll said.
The property includes a main house and a guesthouse with a total of 24,000 square feet of living space. The houses were designed by architect Addison Mizner and built in 1923. The property has seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a half bathroom, two swimming pools and a private dock.