New legal battle begins over late Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott's estate

Ott's former employee, caregiver seeks common-law marriage ruling

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  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 3:37 p.m.

    Getting a court to determine that there was a "non-solemnized marriage," i.e., a common law marriage, is difficult under the best of circumstances. It's going to be particularly difficult in the circumstance where one of the parties to the alleged marriage is now deceased.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 3:33 a.m.

    I'm still trying to wrap my head around the irony of Ott's EX-wife representing Ott's family against his purported common law wife.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 3:34 a.m.

    I'm still trying to wrap my head around the irony of Ott's EX-wife representing Ott's family against his purported common law wife.

  • Scott3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 10:21 p.m.

    And so the drama continues. Hollywood could not have written a better script with so many twists and turns.

  • Vegas POV Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 13, 2017 7:34 p.m.

    This seems to be an easy one to settle. Check their tax returns in years past to see if when they filed they claimed "Married filing Jointly" or Married filing separately. Anything else would say they weren't married.

  • dski HERRIMAN, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 5:56 p.m.

    It seems one party has no shame in its claim on Mr Ott’s estate. It was reported that Mr Ott’s house was under foreclosure proceedings while his so-called friend and partner claimed she was caring for him. If this is the condition of her care, her inability to keep Mr Ott’s mortgage current is an indication of the level of care he received. How can one claim there was consent involved when one partner was suffering dementia. Isn’t it a crime when a person takes advantage of someone who is helpless? Sim Gill needs to get moving on this case.

  • KJR Sequim, WA
    Nov. 13, 2017 4:56 p.m.

    It's hard to imagine the type of person that can make a claim like this with a straight face. Then again the power of rationalization seems to approach the infinite. I feel for the deceased man's real family who must be in shock that this can be taken seriously.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 4:20 p.m.

    "Sanone has also filed a petition to recognize her relationship with Ott as a common-law marriage...."

    This news immediately brought to mind the indignant words of Joseph N. Welch to Senator Joseph McCarthy during the infamous Communist activities hearings of the mid 50's, "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

  • MacMama Sandy, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 4:14 p.m.

    Could’ve seen this coming a mile away.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 4:13 p.m.

    Doubt the Mr Ott would have been able to give his consent to marriage since he wasn't in his right mind.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Nov. 13, 2017 3:49 p.m.

    To be a common law wife you have to be living with the guy. And Ott was living with Sanone-- no one disputes that. But that means he wasn't residing in Salt Lake, which puts him as not legally able to work at the job he was elected to.

    Sanone obviously ended up with Ott's salary. If so, she should be sued by the county for the return of all of the money, because Ott received it while he was not legally able to collect it.

    He was also not working at his job, but that's another issue.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 3:12 p.m.

    Sanone is going to drive the estate in the lawyers hands. Mr Ott probably didn’t have the capacity to make many decisions during his relationship with Mr. Ott. She is now making sure that the family doesn't retain his possessions if she can’t have them.

    If she had his interest at heart, she would have ensured his bills were paid, and if he lacked the capacity to pay his own bills, he probably didn’t have the capacity to enter into a marriage.

    Sanone is proving that she continues to be self serving as well as vindictive.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 2:20 p.m.

    Why isn't Sanone facing fraud and elder abuse charges? The County let her get away with all kind of malfeasance while Ott was in office. Now, she's trying to steal his estate instead of defending herself in court?