Mary Kennedy's lawyers try to oust RFK Jr. as estate overseer

Mary Richardson Kennedy seen outside her Bedford home Mary Richardson Kennedy seen outside her Bedford home in this 2005 photo provided by Peter Michaelis. Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., had fought drug and alcohol problems. Kennedy, 52, was found dead at her home Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Photo Credit: AP

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Divorce lawyers who were representing Mary Kennedy when she hanged herself in New York don't want her husband to be in charge of her estate.

The lawyers and their forensic accountants say they're owed more than $278,000. They say that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was under court order to pay them.

But they say he stopped paying his wife's bills several months before she died in May and was squeezing her financially.

The lawyers say Kennedy owes the money to the estate and would have a conflict of interest if he's the administrator. They're asking a judge in Surrogate's Court Wednesday to appoint a public administrator instead.

Kennedy's lawyers deny he stopped supporting his wife. They say he's willing to settle with the lawyers but wants to see itemized bills.

Subscribe now to Newsday's Entertainment newsletter for the latest celebrity, TV, movie and music news and reviews, plus much more, delivered to your inbox. Newsletter coming soon.

You also may be interested in: