Widow wins ruling in battle over late husband's estate
CLAYTON (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.