Today’s New York Times has reported that the settlement talks being held in the Westchester County Surrogate’s Court to attempt to resolve the dispute over Brook Astor’s Estate have been put on hold while the New York County District Attorney presents the case to a Grand Jury for possible criminal action.

On numerous occasions in the past year, we have reported on the controversy surrounding allegations as to the misuse of the funds of Ms Astor as well as accusations of elder abuse of the elderly socialite by her son Anthony Marshall. After what appeared to be a resolution of  questions as to the care of Ms. Astor and who would manage her affairs, she passed away this past August at the age of 105. Her will bequeathed most of her estate to a number of charities . It is estimated that her estate is valued at about  $132 million with an additional trust of $60 million.

Now, it has been disclosed that prosecutors are investigating whether or not Brooke Astor was the victim of undue influence and whether this resulted in an unwarranted benefit of several million dollars to Mr. Marshall who held his mother’s power of attorney. According to the Times,  the main questions concern whether or not  the transfers made by Mr. Marshall  were in his mother’s best interest or if they were larcenous.