Son of Former Carlyle Hotel Suing to Unseal Parent’s Divorce File

Carlyle Hotel was sold in 2001 for $130 million dollars. The famous hotel was known for hosting every president since Harry Truman. Celebrities and the wealthy also spent time in the iconic hotel. Norman L. Peck sold the hotel, and his son Ian Peck is now suing to have the divorce records unsealed.

Night View At Ocean Drive With The Carlyle Hotel

MIAMI USA – AUG 2: Night view at Ocean drive with The Carlyle hotel on August 02, 2010 in Miami USA. It was designed by Kiehnel & Elliott and opened in 1939.

The hotel sold at a price of $722,000 per room.

Ian is suing in an attempt to gain a larger portion of his father’s $41 million fortune.

Norman Peck and his wife, Joan G. Peck are both deceased. Norman died at the age of 80 in April, and his first wife, Joan is dead also. Joan was Ian’s mother.

Norman remarried Lilliane, his second wife. Lilliane is 77 years old and will receive a major portion of her late husband’s estate. Norman named his second wife specifically in his will. The estate that was left behind includes a $29 million real estate company, securities and cash worth $9 million, and a $3 million Upper East Side apartment. This information is available in court papers.

The court papers show that Norman created four trust funds. The funds are to be dispersed to Lilliane and Dominique Peck-Meyer, the daughter of Norman and Lilliane. Payout details are not provided in the court documents.

No details were provided on whether or not Norman Peck left any of his fortune to his three grandchildren.

“Norman took care of all his family,” states John Morken, Lilliane’s attorney.

Norman also had a big heart for the poor and needy. The millionaire left The New York Community Trust an unspecified amount of money. Norman was known for his record-breaking gift of $20 million to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2004. He was president of the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation at the time.

Ian has requested that the court documents be unsealed in an attempt to increase his inheritance. He asserts that former agreements at the time of the divorce may entitle him to more money.

“It’s not common for courts to make an exception to the 100-year rule,” states New Jersey attorney Brad Micklin. The 100-year rule keeps all divorce proceedings closed for 100 years. Peck states “the court may issue an order permitting early access to matrimonial records where the records are significant and relevant to issues in a separate, unrelated litigation.”

The attorney of Norman Peck’s second wife, Lilliane Peck, states that, “I think he’s just trying to find out what he might be entitled to. We have no problem with that.” Morken states that Lilliane has no problem with the request. “We’re hoping that everyone plays nice in the sandbox and moves forward.”

The court hearing is scheduled for August 16, 2016.

Matters of this manner are handled by the state court system. Juridical discretion is required in the case. The application to have the divorce file released before the 100 year mark is up to the discretion of the presiding judge.

Norman Peck’s death in April was announced by his daughter Dominique Peck-Meyer. The cause of death was melanoma.

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Daniel Simmons