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Monday, November 17, 2014

Woman Accuses Ex-Husband's Widow of Stealing Sons' Inheritance

Gavel2Debra Karlstein, the ex-wife of late Manhattan trial attorney Harry Goldsmith, has brought a lawsuit against his widow, Deborah Lee. Karlstein claims that Lee carried out a scheme that involved a death bed marriage and immediately amended will, and resulted in a $1.5 million reduction in the inheritance of Karlstein and Goldsmith's three sons.  Karlstein is also claiming that her ex-husband struggled with many addictions and party-boy habits,  including drugs, pills, and prostitutes. Lee's representation made a statement lamenting the accusations against Goldsmith's character and describing him as a dedicated attorney.

See Shawn Cohen & Julia Marsh, New Gal 'Stole' Kids $1.5M Inheritance: Ex, New York Post, Nov. 10, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

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