“Nothing in my entire legal career approaches this.”

This story’s got it all:  wealth, power, charity, allegations of misappropriation of funds, feuding heirs and lawyers running their mouths.

And what’s driving the train?  This:

At the heart of the standoff, Martin said, is a fight over a number of University of Georgia season football tickets. Martin said Frank Lumpkin III got the tickets “through his daddy” and shares them with his sister each season. He accused Julia Lumpkin of refusing to close the estates until the tickets are transferred to her name.

“She’s holding the estates hostage over these football tickets,” Martin said in an interview. “It’s not an argument of ‘Do you or don’t you get the tickets.’ She wants them in her name, but they don’t have anything to do with the resolution of the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lumpkin.”

Martin would not specify how many tickets the Lumpkins receive but said they are good seats.

I’ll bet they are.

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34 responses to ““Nothing in my entire legal career approaches this.”

  1. heyberto

    I’m confused…. I was told that season tickets are not able to be transferred. If you are a Hartman fund donor, when you die, seniority (and therefore tickets) is lost. Sounds like they’re arguing over something that will be gone.

    They’d be better off not telling the ticket office that he’s dead, but either way it has to stay in the deceased’s name.

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  2. Castleberry

    That’s wild. I didn’t think you could pass down tickets except to a spouse. Maybe they bend the rules with 6 and 7 figure donations??

    Or – do folks incorporate and put their ticket priority in that name? Please advise.

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    • Two pertinent things from the account guidelines: (1) accounts can only be listed in the name of an individual, not couples or corporations; (2) you can designate your ticket priority to your children if you are a Silver Circle member (lifetime giving to Athletic Department of $1 million or more).

      I’m guessing Mr. Lumpkin was a Silver Circle member.

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      • Castleberry

        Thanks – I was digging for the same info. So I’ll need to send another $970+ k before the munchkins have anything to worry about.

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      • OKDawg

        The name Lumpkin sure sounds familiar but can’t place it….hmmmm. Ringing any bells for anyone?

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        • HackerDog

          I think they paved a road in Athens. They must have made their money by skimping on the asphalt, or kickbacks from DUI fines because nobody could stay in their lane.

          I’ve never seen a narrower road outside of Europe.

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  3. ScoutDawg

    Must be a nice problem to have, from one who scrambles to sell his soul for SINGLE game tixs…

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    We have Julia, the judge who won’t recuse herself for a conflict the size of Rhode Island, and her brother Frank, whose car somebody was shot in. What a pair. Julia’s lawyer sounds like a spin doctor.

    The season tickets are important because these two spolied brats will never again be able to sit beside each other at a game. It would serve them right if the probate judge orders the tickets split and makes them sit beside each other, but the bickering would just spoil the game for their neighbors. I know the post was for laughs, but good grief.

    BTW, any of you guys need estate work in South Carolina, give me a call.*

    *Blutarsky, how much I owe you for that ad?

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  5. Scott W.

    Money can’t buy happiness or common sense.

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  6. NCT

    Yes, they are very, very good seats. And both parties are good people. Things get strange when huge sums of money are involved, I suppose.

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    • Hogbody Spradlin

      I always remember something I heard from a client about 20 years ago: you put a dollar in front of someone it changes them. Sounds like you know these people or know of them, and are a little saddened to see a side you hadn’t seen before.

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  7. Go Dawgs!

    So a probate judge is holding up an estate that will donate a million bucks to charitable causes including the local university’s endowment over season football tickets? And all because she wants them in her name? That’s my hometown, folks.

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    • NCT

      I believe the article said that all of the charitable contributions have been made. The only distributions being held up are the parties’.

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    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      If I were advising him I’d say, “Just give her the tickets!” It has already allegedly cost the estate $7M. Give the tickets to her and use the money saved on legal fees to buy yourself another set of season tix.

      Inheirited money sure brings out the crazy, doesn’t it?

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      • Stoopnagle

        This is what I was thinking. If the estate is as large as the article suggests, it shouldn’t be too hard to get some pretty nice seats.

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  8. Sadly they are distant cousins of mine. Breaks my heart to see them acting this way and I know their dad would kick both of their butts if he was still here for acting the way they are.

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  9. Bad M

    Makes me all the more impressed with Warren Buffet and his kids. They won’t get the estate. I think he already gave them their payout of a few million. But they seem like good people and not upset about it. Not to say I wouldn’t also be happy with a few million, but I also can’t say the greed wouldn’t change me also. I would hope not, but…
    Hope the generous legacy of the Lumpkin family can overcome this pettiness and change their hearts. Sad to see.

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    • Stoopnagle

      It’s a sound approach: you work hard to provide your children with the best education money can buy and unlimited resources to find their potential, they should be able to make something of themselves.

      But, I believe he did arrange them to serve on charitable boards and I presume those come with a salary.

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  10. My dad’s already advised me not to expect anything from his estate ’cause he’s gonna make damn sure he spends it all before he finally kicks it. Not that my family is anywhere near as wealthy as the Lumpkins, but the warning was appreciated, in any case.

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    • NCT

      That’s what my dad has said, too. He said he’s trying to figure out exactly how much time he has to spend it all. And then Wachovia helped eliminate some of the future estate by falling off the face of the earth. Dammit.

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      • Stoopnagle

        We once banked with “Walk-all-over-ya.” I was glad to move my accounts.

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      • Jax Dawg

        Wachovia didn’t fall. That makes it sound like they had a car accident or got struck by lightning. Wachovia (former employee) overdosed just like some junkie in the alley

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  11. Chuck

    Not to get too, too preachy, but a couple Sundays ago, the minister was talking about a member who was dying and visiting that person in the hospital. He made the observation that every time he visited someone in a similar situation, no one said, “I wish I had made more money”, or “I wish I had a nicer house or car”.

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    • Big Shock

      Yes, but someone might say, “I wish I wasn’t sitting in section 317 when UGA beat Kentucky to finish the SEC underfeated in 2011. I can’t believe I didn’t get daddy’s tickets.”

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  12. Cojones

    Julia! Frank! Stop it!!

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  13. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    Ironic that a “prominent banker” didn’t simply name a bank as executor of his estate. It would have saved many of these headaches.

    Lesson learned: Co-executors can be a very bad idea.

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