FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — The family of a millionaire who went missing appeared in court Friday to battle over parts of his estate.
Guma Aguiar disappeared on his boat in June 2012 leaving behind a wife, four kids and a $100 million dollar fortune .
Following his disappearance, a fierce legal battle ensued between his wife and mother for control of his estate.
On Friday, the both appeared in court to battle over $12 million worth of real estate in Israel. Guma Aguiar had purchased two dozen pieces of property. Eight of those properties are in dispute.
“We met in high school,” said Jamie Aguiar, his wife who spoke publicly for the first time about what life was like with her husband as she battled his mother in the courtroom over control of the properties.
“When Guma was bipolar, it was horrific and when it was over he would apologize to everyone and me,” said Jamie.
Aguiar’s mother Ellen Aguiar said her son wanted her and his two sisters to have them but Jaime says otherwise.
“He said everything that is mine is yours,” said Jaime.
She said her husband had talked about walking the property before he disappeared because of financial concerns. At the time he was embroiled in a lawsuit.
“The plan was to have them appraised and list them strategically,” said Jaime.
Ellen Aguiar said she hasn’t been able to see her four grandchildren which is as sad as not knowing what happened to her son .
Back in 2012, surveillance cameras captured Aguiar just before he disappeared from his Rio Vista home on June 19th. The video shows Aguiar in his boat heading out to sea in rough waters later that day.
Aguiar’s boat was recovered hours later but Coast Guard crews never found him.
Police had said there was no evidence of foul play.
The next scheduled date of the trial is scheduled for October.
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