It appears that disgraced New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez hid money in an irrevocable trust for his young daughter. Hernandez, 27, committed suicide in a Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center prison cell in Massachusetts on April 19.
In 2015, Hernandez was convicted of murdering Odin L. Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancée’s sister, and sentenced to life without parole. He appealed for a new trial, and his conviction was tossed out of court after his death because he didn’t get to execute his right to an appeal. Under Massachusetts state law, when someone dies after being convicted he or she are only considered guilty after death if the appeal process has been finished.
According to the Boston Herald, the “AJH Irrevocable Trust” was discovered in “documents filed in Bristol Probate Family Court by attorney John G. Dugan, the special representative” of the athlete’s so-called impoverished estate.
Prior to the conviction, the pro baller had a contract extension with the Patriots worth an estimated $40 million. The NFL team had reportedly paid Hernandez more than $9 million from the lucrative deal.
Dugan, however, claimed that Hernandez’s estate had around $3 million in debt, with less than $2 million in assets to pay other financial matters. Hernandez’s estate faces three wrongful-death lawsuits, legal bills, and tax liens. Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the tight end’s fiancée, helms the estate.
An irrevocable trust protects beneficiaries, in this case, Hernandez’s daughter Avielle, from other claims because the creator who set up the safeguard surrenders ownership and control of it. The contents of are not public record.
Trustee and attorney Matthew Berlin declined to say when the trust was created, and if the pro baller was listed as a trustee. Berlin did close the legal proceeding by noting that Avielle’s right to privacy and his client’s private wishes, “far outweigh the interest of the public in having access to such information.”
In May of 2017, TMZ Sports obtained the suicide note written by Hernandez to Shayanna, which read: “You’re rich.”
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