A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez’s former fiancé Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez said Jenkins-Hernandez will work with a personal finance coach as a legal battle continues over how she spends money meant for the daughter she had with the late New England Patriot.
During a probate court hearing in Marlborough on Wednesday, attorney Stephen K. Withers Jr. told a judge 10-year-old Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez is thriving with her mother and a younger sister Jenkins-Hernandez had after Aaron Hernandez’s 2017 prison suicide.
Withers was in court to argue his motion to have the court appointed trustee responsible for overseeing Avielle’s finances replaced. The motion was filed after the trustee declined to cover a $10,000 bill for Avielle’s dance lessons.
Jenkins-Hernandez is the conservator of the trust. A lawyer for the trustee stated she has had nearly a million dollars since 2018 to pay for dance lessons and other expenses. The money comes from Hernandez’s NFL pension and social security death benefits.
Attorney Robert O’Regan said Jenkins has spent more money on bounced check fees than what the dance lessons cost.
In January, 25 Investigates reported that Jenkins spent $10,505.17 in bank service charges from 2018 to 2021 — mostly bounced checks fees, $27,878.54 on clothing, $23,734.99 in home goods, and court documents show $18,406,04 in “unexplained” ATM withdrawals.
Attorney O’Regan is fighting Jenkins-Hernandez’s request for a new trustee and has asked the court to appoint a guardian ad litem to protect the interests of Avielle.
A judge has been asked to rule on multiple motions in this case.
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