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Los Banos woman to press on despite loss in Whitehurst estate battle

The state Supreme Court has declined to review a Los Banos woman’s petition that contends she didn’t receive her fair share of her father’s $10 million estate.

Anne Whitehurst said today she was disappointed in the high court’s decision, but undeterred in her effort to show that her brothers — Alfred, Tony and Joel Whitehurst — unfairly distributed their father’s estate.

“This litigation is far from over, and we are well-armed,” Anne Whitehurst said. “The Supreme Court decision has not vindicated my brothers. They have yet to be tried for their acts that enabled them to achieve the fraudulent distribution.”

The feuding Whitehurst siblings are cousins of former Fresno Mayor Dan Whitehurst. They have been fighting for years over the estate of Joel Whitehurst Sr., a mortician who died in 2002.

According to court records, Alfred Whitehurst, a prominent Los Banos lawyer, is the executor of the estate. His distribution of the property gave Anne Whitehurst money, property and land, but cut her out of the family’s funeral businesses in Los Banos, Dos Palos and Firebaugh.

The Merced County Superior Court and 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno found nothing wrong with Alfred Whitehurst’s distribution of the estate. The high court on Wednesday decided not to review Anne Whitehurst’s petition.

Alfred Whitehurst said today the three courts independently have found that he had treated his sister fairly.