The O.J. Simpson Legacy: What Lies Ahead for the Civil Jury Award

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O.J. Simpson died Thursday. He had only paid a small part of the $33.5 million of the California civil jury award to the families of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

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Decades old controversies remain. And only a small part of the civil judgement has been paid.

OJ was acquitted in a criminal trial in 1995. But he was found liable by jurors in a 1997 wrongful death lawsuit.

Attorney David Cook has been trying to collect the civil judgment for Goldman’s family since 2008. He claims that Simpson “died without penance. We don’t know what he has, where it is or who is in control. We will pick up where we are and keep going with it.” 

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Civil Jury Award

Simpson’s acquittal may have granted him temporary reprieve, but the civil jury award cast a shadow over his financial future. 

Despite his best efforts to evade accountability he was forced to auction off his cherished possessions like his Heisman Trophy for $230,000.

Probate Process

Property dispute experts say it’s much easier to collect if funds are in probate after the debtor is deceased. Because in some cases they try to avoid paying judgements.