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Updated: Thomas Kinkade's Girlfriend Loses Open Court Battle

Amy Pinto-Walsh wanted a court to hold a public airing of her claims that the painter's estate allegedly violated a medical directive and that she's not subject to a confidentiality agreement.

A judge ordered Friday that a binding arbitration panel will privately hear the claims of the late artist Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend that his estate violated a .

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Leslie C. Nichols ruled the validity of a  will not be litigated in open court but heard in a private binding arbitration proceeding.

The judge also ruled Pinto-Walsh's claim that the estate violated the medical directive when she was prevented from arranging for the disposition of his remains will also be decided by the three-judge arbitration panel outside of the public view.

"Both these issues will now be decided by the arbitration panel and not the court," Pinto-Walsh's attorney Douglas Dal Cielo said.

Pinto-Walsh, however, will still appear for a public hearing in Santa Clara County Probate Court July 2 when a claim regarding the validity of so-called holographic wills will be heard.

Kinkade died the morning of April 6, setting off a legal battle between his estate and Pinto-Walsh.

Her attorneys contend Kinkade, in a two barely legible hand-written notes, gave Pinto-Walsh an opulent mansion in the small enclave of Monte Sereno, next to Los Gatos, a studio next door and $10 million to run a museum that would showcase his original artwork.

Kathleen M. Blomquist, a Kinkade estate spokeswoman, emailed Los Gatos Patch a response to the judge's ruling, stating that Kinkade and his wife Nanette initiated and approved a joint estate plan that was final and up-to-date at the time of his death.

"The estate is subject to this formal, written, and irrevocable plan, and it will contest any other purported estate planning documents," Blomquist wrote in the email.

"Ms. Pinto-Walsh signed a confidentiality agreement with an arbitration clause in February 2011 at the express request of Mr. Kinkade who was concerned about his daughters' privacy, and we are pleased that the court will allow the estate to carry out his wishes by granting our petition to compel arbitration," Blomquist said.

Update: 3:30 p.m., June 15: Dal Cielo said Friday it would take a minimum of between four and six months for all the claims related to the Kinkade estate to be decided by the courts.

"Normal practice is to have everything done in open court and they (Kinkade estate officials) filed those declarations that tarnished her personal and professional reputation and now they want everything to be confidential," Dal Cielo lamented. "I don't think that's equitable, but I understand and appreciate the court's ruling."

Dal Cielo continued: "I don't consider it a defeat. It just means all the evidence will be heard in a different forum."

For Pinto-Walsh's attorneys, the big issue is the validity of the wills, which will be heard in open probate court, Dal Cielo said.

Asked how much his client believes she's entitled to from the painter's estate, Dal Cielo said she is due the $10 million supposedly referenced in the wills and $66 million in assets that he wanted to additionally give to her, including artwork.

Kinkade, one of the most profilic and successful American painters of modern art, died

juror June 20, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Mr. Mac, Mr. McEnroe, Same posts aka Gavin. BORING!!!! !If you are Nanette and Ken's best defense, Amy will also get their homes under the medical directive damages. I am no fan of ken and Nan but please think twice before you take Gavin, Pete and Soseek's testimonies. We know them and they are thieves who got Thomas drunk after hours and stole from his wallet and credit card. Subpoena those credit cards, even before Ms. Pinto appeared on the scene. They will appear to be friendly witnesses but under cross examination what they did to THOMAS when Ms. Pinto, Kinkade's personal assistant of 15 years Denise Sanders, and his corportate lawyer Robert Murray, testify to who the real cheating, fradulent credit card receipts, valium crushing, vodka pouring THUGS were at chicago's steak and fish, even before Ms. Pinto came on the scene, Ms. Pinto can sue Nan and Ken for slander for encouraging these THUGS. The better business bureau and IRS will be checking into their 300% cash tips from Kinkade's wallet and $400 double credit card bills per night. Ms. Sanders has all those receipts and accounting of the cash missing and Ms. Pinto was not even in the picture! Bring it on people!!! YOU ARE AMY's best allies.......
Friend June 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Amy Pinto ordered more booze for a man who went face down on the bar shaking in convulsions, You can't defend that type of malice. She should be tried as a contemptuous gold digger !!!!
Friend June 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Amy Pinto lied to the police about her whereabouts on the evening of Thomas Kinkades death
Friend June 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Pintos actions define her character.
Lgteddybear June 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Hmm very intresting. Why are people so caught up on reporting gossip from a steak house? It sounds nonsensical, as if the conversation is purposefully being steered away from from some of the intresting allegations. Am I the only person that see this? ....Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
Lgteddybear June 22, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Understandbly many may not want to get involved but people should come forth and preform their civic duty. if this is factual, it paints Ms Walsh in an undesirable light.
Lgteddybear June 22, 2012 at 01:37 AM
But how can you be sure? A doctor would not be able to tell how it was administered?
Not a Fan June 22, 2012 at 10:52 PM
TO: Lifestylelounge, Juror, Liberty, Justice, Sunnys-men and anyone else with evidence or eye-witness accounts....PLEASE contact Amy's attorney/office, if you haven't already...Amy's attorney, Douglas Dal Cielo, 650-327-2672 Desires to hear from you directly. With what you have posted, it appears you have pertinent information that may have crucial impact for this case.....Also, I'm gathering supporters for Thom and Amy, please e-mail me at: thomamycause@yahoo.com...BUT of MOST importance, contact Mr. Dal Cielo with what you know.
Not a Fan June 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Justice, you mentioned in earlier Patch article disturbing news regarding business practices at local bars Thom frequented...in addition to my previous advice, Wavoka has far better advice: "draft a well crafted letter to ABC, Beverage Control people, documenting the statements of the bartender Gavin(?), claiming they were serving a man so obviously intoxicated man, so intoxicated they feared for his life. If there are other witnesses to irresponsible behavior in the serving of alcohol, that would help. The ABC has police authority I think? I believe they could interview Gavin, and the owner of Tommy's, which alone would put enormous pressure on Tommy's, and in turn Gavin. The restaurant would be in big trouble were their license suspended, even if only temporarily. If Gavin makes false statements to them, it could be big trouble. I have seen some documents online related to their Beverage License." ...GO FOR IT !!!
Liberty June 23, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Thank you Not a Fan for your comments. Personally, I don't know any of these people, nor do I live in the area as most of the people on the blog seem to. My interest in the case evolved quickly from at first, wondering how someone as young as Kinkade could just die of natural causes in their sleep, to being taken aback by the comments made upon the death of her husband by Nanette of him being a "good provider", then a swift gag order on Amy, seemed like a cover up was under way, but of what? I am so thankful for everyone with first hand knowledge of these people for their posts and agree that those with relevant, first hand information need to come forward to the lawyers involved in this case.
Not a Fan June 23, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Thanks Liberty for your post....I agree with everything you have said...hopefully they have or will come forward.
Chuck Whitbread June 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Kinkade said he would leave Amy and tell Nanett he was sorry. Spent 35 min. Telling his and Nanetts love story.
Not a Fan June 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
@ Chuck Whitbread, when and where and with whom did Thom say this?
Not a Fan June 24, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Are you the same Chuck Whitbread from Texas who sued Media Arts Gallery around 2002, won a unanimous verdict by the jury, decision overturned by the judge just before he retired? http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Judge-makes-light-of-jury-s-verdict-in-Kinkade-2759637.php
Wavoka June 26, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I very much enjoy your humorous take...
Jen October 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM
For those who criticize professed “Christians” every chance they get, and for whatever reasons; either out of ignorance or indifference, please understand, we all have struggles and challenges in this life because we live on this earth which is the dominion of the devil! Being a Christian doesn't mean you’re a saint! Rather, being a Christian means you admit that you're a sinner in need of a Savior. Only one man could rise above the sins of this world, and that man was Jesus Christ. HE said "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." None of us will ever be good enough, it’s all about HIS righteousness and sacrifice. In this case, I’m thankful that Mr. Kinkade was a professed Christian and is in a better place far away from the evil and corruption of this world. He gave the world the best he had and used his talents to bring hope to others. Christians, this world is not our home and soon we will go home too….until then, let’s pray for true justice in this case and that Thomas Kinkade’s assets and legacy is passed on to the rightful heirs, those who are his flesh and blood. Peace
Libi Uremovic October 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM
jen - for a christian you sure are fixated on money and women's body parts.... where is it in jesus's teachings where he blesses the tacky? for decent people - it's offensive when people use god's name in vain...and that's what religious people like you do when you parade yourself as holier than thou....2nd commandment 'thou shalt not use the lord's name in vain'...vain means vanity jen, not cuss words.... read the bible cover to cover....don't just pick out the parts you like so you can pat yourself on the back,....read it cover to cover.....it takes about 3 months, but for some reason the godless can't read the bible.... ps... amy's boob are real ......nanette's boobs are fake.....
Jen October 20, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Duh?? Just the facts please snarky take a deep breath!!
Jen October 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Her lack of integrity is easy to detect when she lies to the police, says she loved Mr. Kinkade, but according to his body guard, on several ocasions she threated Mr. Kinkade and said she was gathering evidence to harm him and would tear him down. When you love someone you don't want to harm them or tear them down! When you love someone you care about them in a nuturing way and you get them help when they need it and not put drugs in their drinks. No, she didn't love him...she loved his money! The love of money is the root of all evil...and she is just an evil gold digger willing to pull out all the stops in an effort to get money. She'll get justice either in this life or the next! She can't keep up with her own lies, yet she expects us and the courts to believe everything she says to be true...please!?! She is transparent.
Libi Uremovic October 20, 2012 at 01:54 PM
you sure are working this hard jen....and you sure feel you know a lot of inside information.....but it all seems to be what would come out of nannette's mouth...why is that...? everyone wants it to go to court except nanette.....she's the one that can't get off the booze and pills long enough to make a statement in public.... it's obvious that you've never read the bible cover to cover....you're godless and the godless can't do it... and no, lying about it doesn't make it true....it makes it more evil.... and no, not fooling anyone....everyone can tell that you've never read the bible cover to cover....
Libi Uremovic October 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM
so nannette is being forced to either go to court or settle.... so now she's burning up the blogs in pseudo names trying to discredit amy.... if nannette feels she has a case then she needs to quit stalling and harassing amy and take it to court.... ....but nannette's life isn't the prettiest picture in the story book ... she's been on booze and pills too long to function in public....and she knows it .... ...and her attorneys know it...
Jen October 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It’s so unattractive, but making false accusations, ranting and foaming at the mouth appears to be your modus operandi…lonely soul! C'est la vie…there’s other forums where people are civil and factual with open dialog and are seeking only the truth.
Liberty October 21, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Yeah Good Christian "Jen" suddenly is going ape about a thread from months ago? Has she ever heard of the First Amendment? Doesn't she have a bunch of kids that lost their father that she is supposed to be taking care of, oh, I guess bashing posters a higher priority? I read her comments, and they are just pathetic. I guess that's because she can't manipulate and intimidate people not under her CONTROL, CONTROL, CONTROL, like she did to Tom for all those years.
Liberty October 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Gee Jen, I'm here to learn what the FACTS really are, and it's only NANETTE who doesn't want the public to be able to see what is going on in the courtroom. Why would that be, if she wasn't trying to cover things up or didn't have something or many things to hide? It isn't AMY trying to keep the public from learning the truth.
Liberty October 21, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Speaking of "good Christians", isn't it interesting that Billy Graham suddenly decides that Mormonism ISN'T a cult, just a few weeks before a close election involving a right wing Mormon? The candidate who has to make sure that millions of evangelical Christians show up to vote for him, because the 1 percent like him isn't enough to get him elected ? All you Mormons currently in hell, oops sorry, we goofed. Still on the list as FOR SURE going to hell STILL are pro choice women, gays, Big Bird, the 47 percent, that's right OBAMA SUPPORTERS.
Liberty November 19, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Everyone watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's show on CNN tonight about the epidemic of overdoses due to prescription drugs in the US. Prescription drugs and mixing is now the #1 cause of accidental death in the United States, overtaking car accidents.
katie November 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Dear Nannette Kinkade fans! This woman is not a good mother or person... news flash her husband wanted out!!!! why? Nannette had 4 breast implants from plastic surgeons. Nannette had several affairs with both married and unmarried men. While she was busy doing that.... her daughter had plans of their own. Merritt Kinkade had a busy 2011 getting arrested for a DWI and arrested for assaulting her boyfriend because she was jealous. Then there is Windsor Kinkade arrested for shoplifting in 2010 and smoking pot in the family home causing a raging fire. With a role model like Nannette Kinkade jealous over Amy Pinto, desperately trying to hurt her in every way possible. Attacking her both publicly and privately by paying people to vandalize Amy's car. Like mother like daughters!
Jen December 15, 2012 at 04:50 PM
@Liberty - So what Nanette doesn't want her family laundry exposed to the world....who cares? Truth will prevail. What about you, "Liberty" why have you hijacked that word and what are you hiding? You and your buddy "Justice" here seem to be trying to sway people in this case and that's pathetic! I say get real or get off my planet!
Liberty December 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Look at the threats, intimidation tactics from these "Good Christian" right wing housewives right before Christmas too! Is it any wonder Romney lost? No one is fooled by their TRUE nature. Vicious housewives that are desperately trying to cover up the truth from the American public. I can imagine these brass knuckle, thug hypocrites from hell have all kinds of skeletons they are trying to cover up from the public about their wonderful Christian households.
Jen December 17, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Ah, wrong again! You don't even know me, but of course, you love to pass judgement on others without the facts. That's a dangerous thing to do...I only have one judge and it's not you! I pity any court case if you're a juror... geeesh....and you seem to get a huge thrill spewing your anti-housewife, anti-christian, anti-anything-you-don't-agree-with rhetoric everywhere, even where it doesn't belong. This isn't the blog for any of that...duh, remember? This is about truth and justice in the estate of Thomas Kinkade. God bless his family and may he rest in peace. Too many on locoweed here and life is too short, really!

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