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Monday, February 11, 2013

Lottery Winner's Widow Provides Proof For Her Stake In Estate

LotteryAs I have previously discussed, Urooj Khan died from cyanide poisoning after he won the lottery sparking an estate battle over his winnings. Most recently, I discussed how his body was exhumed so that an autopsy could be performed to determine the cause of his death. Now, it appears that Shabana Ansari Khan, through her attorney, has provided a document signed by Urooj Khan "stating that his portion of his dry cleaning business [should] go to his wife if he died." This "operating agreement" was presented in lieu of a formal will because Khan died intestate. With this operating agreement, Khan's widow would receive two-thirds of the estate including his share of his business. The agreement itself is the product of an agreement with Khan's former business partner. 

Khan's brother disputes the agreement and is confused as to why his brother would sign such an agreement unless he knew of his death. Ansari's attorney stated that his brother's opinion is irrelevant because the law is the law, and legally Ansari owns his part of the business. Khan's widow claims that she only recently discovered the clause after the judge asked for an inventory of the estate.

See Susanna Kim, Poisoned Lotto Winner's Widow Said She Has Proof of Her Estate Claim, ABC, Feb. 8, 2013; see also Jason Meisner & Jeremy Gorner, Man Who Mysteriously Died After Winning Lottery Had Made Business Deal For Wife's Benefit, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 7, 2013.


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