Families of Susan, Josh Powell wrangle over assets
The family of the late Josh Powell is trying to get a Utah judge to revisit the issue of who manages the estate of their missing daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell.
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — Missing Utah mother Susan Cox Powell’s parents are wrangling with their late son-in-law’s family over management of her assets, including her Utah home.
Powell has been missing since 2009. Utah police focused their investigation into her disappearance on her husband, Josh Powell until he killed himself and their two sons in 2012.
Attorney Anne Bremner, who represents Susan Powell’s parents, Judy and Chuck Cox, of Puyallup, told Utah Judge L.A. Dever that the issue of managing Susan’s estate has been settled in a Washington court.
Her father, Chuck Cox, has served as a conservator since January, but Terrica and Alina Powell, Josh Powell’s mother and sister, have since asked a Utah judge to appoint somebody else.
The conservator cannot financially benefit from the estate as Susan Powell has not been declared dead.
But if her father were removed as the manager of her assets, it would remove one roadblock for the Powell family, which is seeking $3.5 million in life insurance policies, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Before his death, Josh Powell changed his policy to make his family the beneficiaries, rather than his wife.
The insurance company has asked a federal judge in Washington state to settle if the money should be disbursed and to whom. New York Life had said it’s not clear if Susan Powell could be removed as a beneficiary without her consent and if her husband was considered legally competent when he made those changes.
That matter is still being sorted out, but a Washington court has already ruled Cox would manage the estate.
Bremner said Wednesday that though the Powells lost in Washington, they are pushing the issue again in Utah.