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Season tickets for University of Georgia cause long-time estate dispute, P.1

The estate of prominent Columbus insurance man and banker Frank Lumpkin Jr. is reportedly going through a dispute at present. The issue? Who gets the family's much desired season football tickets. The feud is apparently between Lumpkin's son, Frank Lumpkin III and his daughter, Julia Lumpkin.

Apparently the probate dispute has been going on for over 10 years, but it became public last summer when Frank Lumpkin sued his sister. The case may be nearing its end, though, as Julia Lumpkin was recently removed as co-executor of the estate, giving her brother somewhat of an upper hand.

The tickets are, actually, not even mentioned in the lawsuit, but attorneys for both have noted that they are a major issue, even at the heart of it. Frank Lumpkin Jr. and his wife, though they left $1 million to the University of Georgia Foundation, reportedly never left any instructions in their will as to who gets the tickets. Julie Lumpkin reportedly refused to close the estate until her brother transferred the tickets to her name.

The fact that season tickets at Georgia do not require getting on a waiting list means that the season tickets themselves are not a commodity in themselves-though the seats are apparently pretty good. It seems that the dispute is more based on a family love affair with Georgia athletics.

This type of dispute is certainly not the only of its kind. Battles over season tickets are not terribly uncommon, in fact, and many colleges and professional teams have specific rules about how to proceed when the ticket holder dies.

In our next post, we'll continue with this topic.

Source: ESPN, "Dad's dead; now hand over his tickets," September 7, 2012

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