Who’s the Rightful Heir to This Family Fortune?

A few weeks after their aunt's death, the Nixon children received a letter from the bank explaining their father’s cousin had laid claim to the inheritance. Who should get the money? You be the judge.

By Vicki Glembokci
Also in Reader's Digest Magazine August 2010

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The Verdict:

Under the U.S. Constitution, states must give “full faith and credit” to the judgments of other states. Which was exactly what the Douglas County judge ruled in December 2007: Nebraska was required to recognize the adoption that took place in California. Richard Daley, the judge ordered, is the sole beneficiary of Grace Nixon’s portion of the Nixon family trust. The Nixon siblings filed an appeal asking the Nebraska Supreme Court to review the case. Sixteen months later, on April 10, 2009, it upheld the lower court’s decision: Daley is indeed Grace’s rightful heir to the family fortune. Wells Fargo was ordered to deliver the trust’s assets to him. “My grandfather,” says Ken Nixon, “is rolling over in his grave.”

You be the judge!

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