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Widow wins ruling in battle over late husband’s estate

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Widow wins ruling in battle over late husband’s estate

Kaplan’s adult children portrayed Murray-Kaplan as a woman who schemed to amend his trust to her benefit. Murray-Kaplan was Robert Kaplan’s second wife

Widow wins ruling in battle over late husband’s estate

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Ladue woman has won the latest legal battle over her late husband’s multimillion-dollar estate.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ruling Thursday by St. Louis County Judge Carolyn Whittington means that Christine Murray-Kaplan will receive most of the $50 million estate of her late husband Robert Kaplan.

Kaplan’s adult children portrayed Murray-Kaplan as a woman who schemed to amend his trust to her benefit. Murray-Kaplan was Robert Kaplan’s second wife.

Whittington ruled that three of the four amendments made to the trust — all favoring Murray-Kaplan — were valid.

A jury in March made a separate decision involving Kaplan’s company — this one favoring his children. Whittington upheld that ruling, which reversed a stock transfer from Kaplan’s real estate company to his widow’s control.

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