When J. Howard Marshall passed away, his wife Anna Nicole expected to inherit his fortune. However, Marshall’s family had a different opinion. After only 14 months of marriage, they did not believe that Anna was entitled to the inheritance.
A long court battle followed and 15 years later a resolution has finally been handed down by a federal appellate court panel in favor of the Marshall family. Although it initially appeared that Anna would receive a great deal of the fortune, the latest ruling states otherwise.
A federal appeals court has ruled that Anna Nicole’s estate will not receive any of Marshall’s money. Anna Nicole’s sole beneficiary is her 3-year-old daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, who lives with her father Larry Birkhead. Anna’s son Daniel Wayne Smith died in his mother’s hospital room shortly after the birth of his sister.
The courts have paved the way for the Marshall family to lay claim to the entire fortune. E. Pierce Marshall, who was instrumental in bringing the litigation, died in 2006 at the age of 67 of an aggressive infection. His widow, Elaine T. Marshall, now represents the estate.
So Nicole’s deceased husband’s money will go to his daughter-in-law rather than his deceased wife’s estate. Did Dannielynn get robbed of her rightful inheritance? Let us know what you think.
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