Alan Thicke's widow and sons go to war over his estate

The sons and widow of TV dad Alan Thicke are waging a legal war over his estate, with both sides accusing the other of betraying the late actor's wishes.

Thicke's eldest sons, Robin and Brennan, on Tuesday filed a complaint in L.A. Superior Court, seeking to enforce their father's living trust. They contend that his widow, Bolivian-born actress Tanya Callau, is attempting to annul a prenuptial agreement in order to claim a larger portion of their father's estate.

Callau's attorney, meanwhile, argues that she is not trying to invalidate the agreement, "even though it may be the worst document I've ever seen drafted by a lawyer."

"Tanya has never sought anything more than what her husband intended," said the attorney, Adam Streisand.

The 69-year-old star of "Growing Pains" died in December of an aortic rupture while playing hockey.

At the center of the dispute is Thicke's 11-acre ranch in Carpinteria, Calif. In their complaint, the sons state that Thicke bought the property in 1989 and intended to keep it "in his family forever." But, the suit states that Callau now "claims that Alan repeatedly promised to leave the Ranch to her."

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Thicke had a living trust, the most recent version of which was signed in February 2016, that divided the ownership of the ranch equally among his three sons: Robin, Brennan, and Carter. The trust also provided that Callau may continue living there for as long as she continues to pay the full cost of its upkeep, including mortgage payments.

The trust also provides that Callau is the beneficiary of a $500,000 life insurance policy and Thicke's union pension and death benefits, and gets an additional 40% of Thicke's remaining estate.

Before Thicke married Callau, his third wife, in 2005, they entered into a prenuptial agreement. That document appears to conflict with the provisions of the trust. The prenuptial agreement grants Callau 25% of the actor's entire estate and five acres of the Carpinteria property. Callau's attorney contends that she is also entitled to certain community property.

Thicke's sons filed the suit after negotiations broke down.

"We have been working on this since very shortly after Alan's death, when we started getting claims that 'The prenup's not valid, he promised X, Y and Z,'" says the sons' attorney, Alex Weingarten. "We have been making every effort to resolve it, but it takes two to tango. It became very clear that as of right now that was not going to happen."

Streisand said the conflict between the prenuptial agreement and the living trust demonstrates that the documents were "not exactly the work of brilliant legal minds."

"It's a mess because of lawyers who probably should still be writing with crayons," he said.

Weingarten contends that Thicke's last wishes are clearly laid out in the living trust.

"All the boys want to do is honor their father's legacy and honor his intentions," he said.

Both sides also accused the other of litigating the matter in the press. The sons' complaint alleges that Callau "threatened to make her claims fodder for 'tabloid publicity'" unless the sons agreed to mediation and "succumb[ed] to her demands."

Streisand refuted that claim.

"Tanya did not threaten to go to the press," he said. "To the contrary, she said a court battle would attract the tabloid media, which she did not want, and so she encouraged everyone to get together for a family mediation to figure it all out. They refused. Repeatedly. So ask yourself, who is it that is planting stories in the press and filing lawsuits, and that's where you'll find the real culprits."

PHOTOS: Alan Thicke through the years

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Alan Thicke and sons Brennan Thicke and Robin Thicke sighted on January 15, 1986 at Bistro Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 11: Alan Thicke, sons Brennan Thicke and Robin Thicke and Joana Kerns attend 16th Annual People Choice Awards on March 11, 1986 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 1986: Actor Alan Thicke and son Robin Thicke attend the opening of singer Olivia Newton-John's new boutique Koala Blue in the Westside Pavilion Mall in June 1986 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 5: Actor Alan Thicke and sons Brennan Thicke and Robin Thicke attending 'ABC TV Affiliates Party' on June 5, 1986 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
GRANADA HILLS, CA - JUNE 14: Actor Alan Thicke and sons Brennan Thicke and Robin Thicke attending 'Benefit Softball Game for Team House' on June 14, 1987 at the Granada Hills High School in Granada Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 17: Actors Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller, Joanna Kerns and Alan Thicke and his sons Brennan Thicke and Robin Thicke attend the 'Like Father, Like Son' Hollywood Premiere on September 17, 1987 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 31: Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke attend Comedy Store 15th Anniversary Party on July 31, 1998 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BURBANK,CA - JUNE 2: Actor Alan Thicke and sons Brennan Thick and Robin Thicke and Actress Joanna Kerns attend the 'Celebration of Tradition' A Gala Event Gathering Warner Bros. Stars on June 2, 1990 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
GROWING PAINS - 'Ben's First Kiss' - Airdate: December 7, 1988. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN THICKE WITH SON ROBIN THICKE
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 14: Actor Alan Thicke and son Robin Thicke attending 'ABC TV Convention' on June 14, 1990 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
GROWING PAINS - 'Stop, Luke and Listen' - Airdate: September 25, 1991. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN THICKE (R) WITH BROTHER TODD THICKE (C) AND SON ROBIN THICKE
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Alan Thicke and sons Brennan Thicke and Robin Thicke attending 'And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird' on November 13, 1991 at the Beverly Connection in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke attend Mission Hills Celebrity Sports Invitational on November 29, 1991 at Rancho Mirage in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke attend Mission Hills Celebrity Sports Invitational on November 29, 1991 at Rancho Mirage in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Alan Thicke and son Robin Thicke attending 12th Annual American Comedy Awards on February 22, 1998 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO - MAY 7: Actor/producer Alan Thicke exchanges vows with model Tanya Callau during their wedding on May 7, 2005 at The One&Only Pamilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. At right is Thicke's son Robin. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Robin Thicke and his girlfriend, Paula Patton, are on hand to see a showing of Baby Phat's Fall 2003 line at the Tent in Bryant Park on the last day of New York Fashion Week. Robin is the son of actor Alan Thicke. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 30: Alan Thicke, Tanya Callou, Paula Patton and Robin Thicke attends the Opening Night at the 40/40 Club in Las Vegas, NV December 30, 2007. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 30: Actor Alan Thicke (L) and his son, singer Robin Thicke, arrive at the opening of Jay-Z's USD 20 million 40/40 Club, a 24,000-square-foot sports bar and lounge at The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino December 30, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 24: Singer Robin Thicke, actor Alan Thicke, wife Tanya Callau Thicke and actress Paula Patton arrive at the World Premiere of 'Swing Vote' at the El Capitan Theatre on July 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 19: Robin Thicke (L) and Alan Thicke attend The Bank nightclub at Bellagio Las Vegas on June 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Robin Thicke (L) and Alan Thicke attend the 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Robin Thicke, Paula Patton, Tanya Callau and Alan Thicke attend the 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' U.S. premiere after party at the Museum of Modern Art on December 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 31: Sabrina Middleton, actress Paula Patton, singer Robin Thicke, actress Tanya Callau and actor Alan Thicke attend NYE hosted by Robin Thicke at The Bank Nightclub, Bellagio Hotel and Casino Resort on December 31, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Alan Thicke (left) and Robin Thicke backstage during the THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! รƒ COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHTร‚ยจ broadcast Friday, Dec. 6 (10:00 รƒ 11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Alan Thicke (L) and Robin Thicke attend the 'Festival After Dark' With Special Performance By Robin Thicke at Sugar Park City during the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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