The mother of Mary Max — who was married to famed pop artist Peter Max and took her own life in June — stands to inherit her daughter’s entire estate, according to new court records.
Mary’s brother, Daniel Balkin, filed an Administration Petition in Manhattan Surrogate’s court on behalf of his 52-year-old sister indicating that she likely had no will.
Mary committed suicide by nitrogen asphyxiation June 9 before she was discovered in her Riverside Drive apartment.
The court papers indicate that Mary had assets totaling less than $1 million, and her mother, Ruth Balkin, is designated as the “sole distributee” — meaning Mary’s three brothers, sister, and husband may not inherit any of her estate.
The court papers did not specify what Mary’s assets consisted of.
Peter, 81 — who suffers from dementia — is “disqualified by post-nuptial agreements” from inheriting, according to the court documents.
Mary’s mother lives in a nursing home and “suffers from substantial physical and cognitive impairment” the petition explains.
A judge must issue an order either approving or denying Daniel’s petition.
Daniel declined to comment on behalf of his mother and the family.
Peter’s legal property guardian, Lawrence Flynn, declined to comment. Peter’s legal personal guardian, Barbara Urbach Lissner, did not immediately return a request for comment.