Grant Hackett Pre-Nuptial Results in Lawsuit

  5 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | December 31st, 2012 | Featured, Lifestyle, News

According to the Herald Sun, Grant Hackett’s suing the attorneys who authored his pre-nuptial agreement with star singer-songwriter Candice Alley.

Hackett is an Aussie swimming legend, considered by most analysts to be the greatest distance swimmer in history. Hackett won back to back golds in the 1500 meters freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He netted silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Hackett’s 2000 Sydney performance sealed his star power in Australia. Continued success in the pool coupled with his corporate partnerships and TV contract with Nine Network made Hackett a household name in his home country.

According to Hackett’s lawsuit, he hired his Brisbane-based attorneys and kept them on a retainer from 2006 to 2009. In 2007, before he wed Candice Alley, he directed his attorneys draft a pre-nuptial agreement.

Hackett and Alley wed, and had two children, twins.

Candice Alley, Grant Hackett

Candice Alley, Grant Hackett

October 29th, 2011, the relationship appeared rocky when police were called out to handle a dispute at the couple’s Melbourne residence. Their apartment was in disarray. Hackett later stated he was “overwhelmingly embarrassed” by his behaviour. In the following weeks the couple made several positive statements that they were “immensely” in love.

On May 3rd , 2012, they separated.

Hackett’s lawsuit appears to be the result of his marriage dissolving, and then learning that the 2007 pre-nuptial agreement did not meet the legal requirement. Moreover, his attorneys allegedly did not inform him of the defect.

Hackett’s net worth is reported to be $8,000,000.

Hackett isn’t your typical Olympic Champion. He is very well-educated with a Diploma of Law, Commerce, Financial Services, and an Executive MBA from Bond University.

Comments

  1. Nigel Tufnel says:
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    Ain’t saying’ she a gold-digger

  2. Joel Lin says:
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    He’ll win his case against the law firm Mullins. The simple fact line in the claim is he kept a law firm on retainer starting in 2006 and one chore was estate planning and another chore was to draft a standard pre-nup, which would have to be the easiest pro forma document any professional attorney could happen upon for handsome compensation. All of that as a given he hired a law firm so galactically stupid that there were errors in the pre-nup so extreme that the document itself is not legally binding, which was the entire point of it. One step further, the law firm made amendments to the document later and missed the errors again.

    For Grant I would say right now it is good to be Aussie as their legal system is more streamlined and literal than in the US. Which is saying nothing because the US has the worst legal system in the world in terms of holding attorneys’s malfeasance or negligence accountable. Attorneys taking offense grow up some, the plain facts are that complaints to every state bar are handled by attorneys financed via attorney bar member fees which is hardly independent. In the US unless you are bald to steal money from clients you are all good.

    The defense his incompetent lawyers appear to have will be the character and credibility smear two step which Americans can well relate to. Also in the fact line was one violent domestic dispute in 2011 and the $380,000 sports car he dreamed of and bought in 2008, but then took a financial bath on to puke in favor of an SUV kidmobile less than one year later when his new wife was expecting. On top of all that he likes to drink beers with his mates!

    This will settle in Grant’s favor and I hope he and his family can be spared the sophomoric defense his incompetent attorneys have positioned in the nearest course.

  3. Coacherik says:
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    “Hackett isn’t your typical Olympic Champion. He is very well-educated with a Diploma of Law, Commerce, Financial Services, and an Executive MBA from Bond University.”

    This is like some idiot challenging someone at a local pool to race and impress a girl only to find out they were an NCAA All-American. Lawyers screwed up the wrong guys pre-nup…

  4. TJ says:
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    I honestly have no idea what this has to do with swimming.

    • Coacherik says:
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      If you don’t like it, don’t read it. You know, like most of the people who visit this site don’t read the Dave & Gary Show. Or should I say Gary & Dave Show? Either way, it got traffic.

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