On December 21st, the Gwangju Family Court made a decision in regards to the estate of the late Goo Hara.
The legal representative of Goo Ho In, Goo Hara’s older brother, revealed that the court recognized the father’s contribution to the bereaved family at 20%, as he made efforts to support his children. Therefore, the inheritance of the late Goo Hara will be divided 6:4 between Goo Ho In and their parents, instead of 5:5. The 6:4 division of Goo Hara’s estate will include their absentee mother.
In an effort to recognize the contribution their father has made, the court has ruled that he and the mother will receive a portion of the estate. Although the “Goo Hara Act” may have passed the National Assembly, Goo Ho In’s lawsuit took place before the act passed, forcing his lawsuit to proceed forward under the current legal system. Without the “Goo Hara Act”, their absentee mother will gain access to some of the late singer’s estate.
Goo Ho In’s legal representative revealed the reason behind the court’s decision and asked for continual support in pushing the “Goo Hara Act”.
It is near impossible to judge parents who have abandoned their children. Unless the “Goo Hara Act” is amended and pushed into law, it may be hard for absentee parents to lose their full inheritance rights. We are in desperate need of the “Goo Hara Act” and will continue to do our best to pass it. Please continue to show interest and show support for the “Goo Hara Act”.
— Goo Ho In’s Legal Representative
Goo Ho In has been fighting for his late sister’s inheritance ever since their absent mother came forward demanding access to it after her death. Their mother claimed she had a right to the inheritance as her birth mother, 20 years after abandoning the two when they were young children. After two decades of no contact, their mother filed a lawsuit demanding her right to 50% of Goo Hara’s estate after news of the late singer’s passing came to light.
After their mother’s lawsuit, Goo Hara’s older brother worked tirelessly to push the “Goo Hara Act”, which is intended to limit the inheritance of a deceased child’s property by parents who have neglected their parental duties. The “Goo Hara Act” officially passed into the National Assembly on December 1.