In a tragic turn of events, actor Christian Oliver, known for his roles in "Indiana Jones: Dial of Destiny" and other Hollywood productions, perished last month in a harrowing plane crash alongside his two daughters. This unfortunate incident has led to a complex legal battle over his $1 million estate, now mired in court proceedings due to the absence of a will, as revealed in documents obtained by FOX Business.
Christian Oliver, whose acting career spanned both the United States and Europe, tragically lost his life alongside his daughters, Madita Klepser, aged 10, and Annik Klepser, aged 12. The small aircraft they were aboard, piloted by Robert Sachs, plunged into the ocean just after takeoff from St.
Vincent and the Grenadines, as confirmed by officials. This devastating accident occurred on January 4, and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force reported that the crash happened approximately one nautical mile west of Petit Nevis.
Estate Battle Looms
In the wake of this tragedy, legal intricacies have surfaced. With Oliver not having a will at the time of his death, a hearing is scheduled for March 1 to determine the executor of his estate. Konstantin Richter, nominated by Oliver's parents and reportedly a close family friend, is poised to possibly take on this role.
Arash Sadat, a legal expert at Mills Sadat Dowlat LLP, explained the procedure when a California resident dies intestate (without a will). He outlined that the probate process is relatively straightforward in such cases. If no objections are raised against Richter's appointment, it is likely that he will be granted the executorship.
As per Sadat, in situations akin to Oliver's, the estate often undergoes liquidation. Once consolidated, the executor seeks court approval for distribution. Given Oliver's marital status and the unfortunate demise of his children, his estate is expected to pass to his parents, his closest surviving relatives.
Oliver, whose legal name was Christian Klepser, had previously been married to Jessica Klepser, the mother of his daughters. The couple, who married in 2010, had filed for separation in 2021, and their divorce was finalized in June 2023.
Jessica Klepser, in a heartfelt statement through Wundabar Pilates, expressed the family's profound sorrow over the loss. She paid tribute to her daughters, Madita and Annik, highlighting their vibrant personalities, academic and artistic talents, and the profound impact they had on their communities.