Michael Scott withdraws as her legal counsel over unnamed "differences"

By Linda Trischitta and Tim Nudd
Updated October 11, 2006 07:00 PM
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Anna Nicole Smith’s attorney in the Bahamas, Michael R. Scott, is no longer representing Smith, he confirms to PEOPLE.

Scott, an attorney at Callenders & Co. in Nassau, says: “We have in fact terminated representation of Anna Nicole Smith because of differences that have arisen in relation to strategy and matters arising out of the death of Daniel Smith.”

Scott was also the lawyer for the estate of Smith’s son but has relinquished that role as well.

Scott represented Smith during a turbulent six weeks: On Sept. 7, Smith gave birth to a baby girl, Dannielynn. Three days later, her 20-year-old son Daniel died in her hospital room. (A private pathologist hired by the Smith family to investigate Daniel’s death says Daniel was killed by cardiac dysrhythmia caused by a lethal combination of methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro.)

Then, on Sept. 26, Smith’s lawyer and confidant, Howard K. Stern, told Larry King that he is Dannielynn’s father. And two days later, he and Smith held a commitment ceremony in the Bahamas.

Photographer Larry Birkhead, who alleges he had a relationship with Smith in California, also claims to be the father of the newborn, and has filed papers in a California court to establish paternity of the child.

Meanwhile, police in the Bahamas say their investigation into Daniel’s death could be completed by the weekend. Once it’s finished, a report will be forwarded to the country’s attorney general, who will decide whether to have an inquest.