Two of Pat Bowlen’s daughters take legal action to challenge ownership trust

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The attack on Pat Bowlen’s ownership succession plan is hardly over.

Two of Bowlen’s daughters have filed a petition challenging the trust created by their late father to determine control of the team by eventually selecting one of his seven children to run it. Via Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com, Beth Bowlen Wallace and Amie Klemmer challenge the validity of the Patrick D. Bowlen Trust on the grounds that he lacked capacity to create it, and that he was under undue influence when he did.

The new filing comes in the aftermath of the dismissal of a legal action previously pursued by Pat Bowlen’s brother, who apparently was acting on behalf of Wallace and Klemmer when questioning the authority of the three trustees who have managed the team since 2013. It is widely believed that 29-year-old Brittany Bowlen unofficially has been selected by the trustees, and that it’s just a matter of time before the selection occurs.

“There is substantial and overwhelming evidence that Mr. Bowlen lacked the required capacity in 2009,” the lawyer representing Wallace and Klemmer said in a statement. “As a result, Ms. Klemmer and Ms. Wallace have filed a petition asking the court to decide that issue, the related issue of whether the 2009 trust — which is the document under which the trustees have derived their power and authority — is valid, and whether Mr. Bowlen was subjected to undue influence.”

Wallace and Klemmer contend that their father was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006, and that by the time he crafted the current version of the ownership trust in 2009 he lacked the capacity to do so.

The stakes are high for Wallace and Klemmer. Without venturing too deeply into the legal weeds, they could end up being completely disinherited by fighting the trust (which may explain why the first lawsuit was filed by their uncle). So they’re risking their portion of Pat Bowlen’s estate in order to challenge the current structure for determining control of the Broncos, in the obvious hopes that one of them will end up in control of the team when the dust of litigation settles.

32 responses to “Two of Pat Bowlen’s daughters take legal action to challenge ownership trust

  1. The kids who didn’t get picked are totally sure he was too far gone to lay the groundwork to put their sibling in charge but if he’d picked THEM they’d be swearing how he was totally fine at the time.

  2. I suspect that none of them are actually qualified to run an NFL team. Denver fans have dark days ahead of them I think.

  3. I rate their chances at zero. The brother just lost the same argument and the fact that they are refusing to accept their father’s wishes is why they aren’t being considered in the first place…

  4. Its becoming more and more apparent that the Broncos will not remain in the Bowlen family. The only thing all the kids will agree on is the sale of the team and an equal division of the profits.

  5. HBO has a show called Succestion….rich families can be just as dysfuntinal as normal families. This is where money does mess folks up. And I agree, when this is all said and done the Denver Broncos will be sold.

  6. Here’s the whole story:

    Pat Bowlen setup a checklist that one of his kids had to pass to take ownership of the Denver Broncos. Some of the requirements are: Earn a law Law degree, work for the NFL, work for the Broncos. Only Brittany Bowlen, a daughter from Pat’s 2nd marriage, is fulfilling the requirements. She got the law degree, worked in the NFL office in NYC for 2 years, and has just started working for the Broncos. The rumor is she’s well liked by the NFL and Broncos executives and will be taking over in 2-3 years.

    The 2 daughters filing this lawsuit, Beth and Aimee, are from Pat’s first marriage and are probably afraid of getting cut out of team completely if Brittany (again, from Pat’s second marriage) assumes control. This is a last ditch effort at a money grab for them and fully illustrates the reason Pat setup the requirements list in the first place.

  7. “What would YOU do???????”

    I believe all the kids get a piece of the profits, not just the one running the team who will get a bigger piece. Me, I’d be happy with the millions i was getting every year, access to the owner’s box and enjoying life at its finest without ever having to work a day at anything I didn’t want to.

  8. Hey Dad, thanks for everything you have given me, but I want more! We are not a family any longer unless I have everything.

    This is really a sad way to honor your father.

  9. It is fairly usual that the kids contesting the trust or will are the ones that deserve the control or the asserted rights the least. I bet their father is rolling over in his grave over their selfishness and entitlement.

  10. If they truly felt that they would have immediately challenged the trust when the details became known . Obviously they waited because they thought one of them would get selected so they were content with Bowlen’s decision . Now that’s it’s become clear that they aren’t going to be picked they now want to retroactively declare their father incompetent .Not a lawyer but it seems pretty clear this is a Hail Mary attempt that is destined to fail which is exactly what the greedy daughters deserve .

  11. Any change that will result in replacing Elway will be in the best interest of the team.
    He was surely a great QB but he stinks at evaluating personnel and running a franchise.
    Keep him on as an official greeter or some PR capacity but get him out of the decision-making chair.
    Or else … Denver will soon be the next Cleveland and suffer a generation of frustration.

  12. yorkville11 says:9-13-2019, 12:39pm
    “Any change that will result in replacing Elway will be in the best interest of the team.
    He was surely a great QB but he stinks at evaluating personnel and running a franchise.”

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    To be fair, Elway did get Peyton Manning to join the team and made it to the Super Bowl twice and won once. Not a lot of team officials can do that.

  13. It has never made sense for Brittany to run the team. New wife has his ear and he was suffering from Alzheimer. Predictable outcome if you ask me. Reminds me of Yoko Ono making sure Julian Lennon got nothing when John died. I hope they win!

  14. To be fair, Elway did get Peyton Manning to join the team and made it to the Super Bowl twice and won once. Not a lot of team officials can do that.

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    To be fair, Elway brougnt Manning to a team that was already stacked at every other position. Since Manning retired, how has Elway handled things? You need look no further than the current quarterback, whom everybody with eyes knew was done a year or two ago.

  15. directdriver says:
    September 13, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    To be fair, Elway did get Peyton Manning to join the team and made it to the Super Bowl twice and won once. Not a lot of team officials can do that.
    ———————-
    Peyton was a total liability on that SB winning team, and the worst season-long stats for any QB of any SB winning team. Wade’s D won that title – and only because the NFL kept turning a blind eye to dirty play, in just repeated fines (including 2 in the SB itself) rather than suspensions. Anything to give Peyton the golden send-off they all wanted for SB 50.

  16. Yorkville11
    I agree. Another losing season and Elway will be sent to the retirement pasture. Joe Ellis is about at the end of his rope and he carries the most clout of the three trustees.

  17. Peyton was a total liability on that SB winning team.

    No, he didn’t do much but just enough to keep Carolina away from short fields and Manning had no turnovers. Denver racked up 193 yards total offensive yards that day. The lowest ever for a SB Champion. SB 50 was all about Denver’s defense. What a clinic they did serve.

  18. “There is substantial and overwhelming evidence that Mr. Bowlen lacked the required capacity in 2009,” Well that is the year he hired Josh McDaniels so there my be some truth to that.

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