Can the Granddaddy of all probate disputes finally be nearing an end? Those in charge of the Anna Nicole Smith Estate certainly hope not. Smith, also known as Vickie Lynn Marshall, battled for a share of her late husband's multi-billion dollar estate for almost 12 years before she died. Here's the Probate Lawyer Blog's discussion of the case to bring you up to speed.
To cut to the chase, Smith was broken hearted when she didn't inherit anything from the estate or trust of J. Howard Marshall II, her late husband (who was more than 60 years older than she was). Smith filed legal claims seeking a piece of his fortune in two different states; she lost in Texas but won in California. Her victory was snatched away by the federal court of appeals, but she found new hope when that ruling was overturned by the United States Supreme Court in 2006. Yes, that's right, the highest court in our land ruled in favor of the ex-Playboy Playmate.
But, now, the three federal appellate court judges who reviewed the case ruled against her -- again.
In fact, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark decision this past Friday, declaring that the federal judge who awarded her $88 million never should have done so.