Dennis Hopper's lawyer has warned the star's estranged wife Victoria Duffy he is "ready for war" after she filed a claim against the late actor's estate to gain a financial settlement.
The Easy Rider legend passed away at his home in Venice, California last month (29May10) after a long struggle with prostate cancer.
He had been locked in a bitter legal battle with fifth wife Duffy - who he shared young daughter Galen, seven, with - since filing divorce papers earlier this year (10), shortly after he went public with his cancer diagnosis.
Hopper is said to have drawn up a new will in January (10) which included only his children and grandchildren - but Duffy's determined to land a payment from his estate and has filed legal papers in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to Britain's Sunday Express newspaper.
A friend of Hopper's tells the publication, "There were legal actions and counter-actions flying even before Dennis passed away. He was praying his divorce from Victoria would be finalised before he died so there could be no disputes. It was Dennis' dearest wish that his four children get everything that remains.
"Sadly, there could now be months, even years, of legal wrangling before anyone walks away with a dime. This is not how he wanted it to end. Dennis went to his grave without the resolution he desired."
But the late actor's attorney Joe Manis has warned Duffy, "We are ready for war."