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Monday, January 14, 2013

There Are No Family Secrets In Estate Planning, More On Lottery Winner's Family

LotteryAs I have previously discussed, Urooj Khan died from cyanide poisoning a week before he was able to collect a small fortune in lottery winnings. I have also discussed the conflict that emerged the exhumation on his body, the court fight over preventing the use of Khan's lottery winnings, and his father-in-law's tax problems. Now, it seems as if there is no end to the problems that this family owns. It appears that Khan's family has fought for months over the businessman's estate. Additionally, his 17-year-old daughter from his previous marriage has recently left the home of Khan's widow and moved in with his sister. In response to this action, his ex-wife recently announced that she was quite upset that she had not seen her daughter in more than a decade and was unsure about whether she still resided in the United States. All of these different stories are muddying the water about who could possibly murder Khan. All of these issues are likely to come out in a prospective murder trial and a possible estate planning battle. The court battle is likely to emerge because "Khan died without a will."

Khan was excited that he had won the lottery and planned to use the money to "pay off his mortgage, expand his business and donate to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital." 

See Jason Keyser, Family Quarrels Add Intrigue to Lotto Winner Dinner, The Daily Jeffersonian, Jan. 12, 2013. 


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