Stephen Paddock's millions to be discussed in court

LAS VEGAS - For the families of those killed on Oct. 1, the shooter's wealth is one key to compensation.

As we follow the aftermath of the tragedy, the issue of Stephen Paddock's estate is in court Friday. Attorneys will argue over how the process should move forward. They've already been in court against MGM Resorts International and other parties connected to the shooting.

What will happen tomorrow is a little different. This deals with the shooter's money and who gets to dish it out.

By all accounts, Paddock had plenty of money. He was a known gambler with a successful real estate business.

His actions on Oct. 1 will mean, that wealth, will go somewhere. The question is how it will happen.

"I'd like to get the estate, all of the estate for just my clients. But that's just not the right thing to do," said attorney Craig Eiland. 

He represents several victims of the mass shooting.

He and his co-counsel filed paperwork Wednesday demanding a probate court create a "constructive trust" to handle Paddock's millions. That's essentially someone independent.

In addition to his gambling habit and real estate business, Paddock owned several homes. Eiland believes the estate is worth at least $5 million. Paddock's family has made it known they want those assets given to the victims.

But even that has been complicated, the family has switched attorneys handling the estate at least once.

Nonetheless, Friday a judge will take up the matter in the effort to replace what was lost with money, if not with life.

"We want to make sure all lawyers and their victims have that right and it's an open and transparent process," Eiland said. 

Eiland and his legal team went to the Route 91 Harvest Festival grounds two weeks ago. Thursday, he said, he expects to go inside the shooter's room for the first time right after Thanksgiving.


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