Blakeslee heir sues uncle over inheritance

By Patsy Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – The grandson of deceased Jackson businessman Charles H. Blakeslee Sr. claims his uncle cheated him of his rightful inheritance.
Hunter Slay of Los Angeles, the son of Blakeslee Sr.’s daughter Marilyn Blakeslee Grist, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court seeking to recover what he said he is due.
The defendant is Blakeslee Sr.’s son, Charles H. Blakeslee Jr. of San Antonio, Texas.
Slay claims his uncle diverted more than $3 million of family assets to keep it from him.
Walter A. Davis of Oxford, who represents Blakeslee Jr., declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Slay’s mother, who held power of attorney, died March 31, 2010, five months before her father, who was in an Oxford nursing home because he suffered from Alzheimer’s.
When his sister died, Blakeslee Jr. assumed power of attorney and took over his father’s business and personal affairs.
Blakeslee Sr.’s will stated that if one of his children died before he did, his or her inheritance share should go to their children.
Slay is his mother’s only child.
The 20-page lawsuit accuses Blakeslee Jr. of breaching his fiduciary responsibilities of loyalty and to avoid self-dealing and conflict of interest. It also accuses him of fraud, conversion and civil theft, negligence and gross negligence.
The document details a series of alleged acts committed by Blakeslee Jr. to divert or liquidate a range of family assets to which Slay claims he is an equal beneficiary.
He also is accused by Slay of lying to the chancery court about the extent of his father’s estate.
Slay, through his Oxford attorneys Amanda Povall Tailyour and H. Scot Spragins, asks for a jury trial seeking to have Blakeslee Jr. give up what he allegedlly “wrongfully took” from his father and the family trust, as well as compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys fees and court costs.