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Panama court throws out will that left millions to poor children

It surely must rank as one of the most devastating will contest cases any country has ever seen …  especially for the hundreds of thousands of impoverished children in Panama.   Wilson-Lucom

Wilson Lucom (pictured, right) was a wealthy tycoon from Florida whose third wife, Hilda, was from one of Panama’s wealthiest families.  Hilda had previously been married to a powerful politician in the country and has five adult children from that marriage.  Wilson and Hilda lived in Panama when he died in 2006.

Wilson Lucom’s will left more than $50 million to help the staggering number of poor children in Panama.  Hilda and her family weren’t very happy with the will and filed legal proceedings to have the will thrown out in 2006.  You can read our prior blog article about the case here.

Wilson’s will was upheld by the first two courts in Panama that heard the case.  But Hilda appealed again, to Panama’s Supreme Court.  Before the ruling came out, there were some interesting articles, including this one Read more...

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Stieg Larsson: The Author who Played with Fire

Swedish author Stieg Larsson never lived to see his creations gain worldwide success.  He died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 2004, before his first novel, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was published.  His three novels — which comprise the Millennium trilogy — have sold 50 million copies worldwide.  The Swedish movies based on the books have also been very popular, including the second installment, The Girl Who Played With Fire, which was released in the U.S. in 2010.  Stieg Larsson

In fact, U.S.A. Today recently named Larsson as its 2010 Author of the Year.

Stieg Larsson was never married and had no children.  He also didn’t have a will.  So his brother and father have been the ones to manage — and of course profit from — his now very-wealthy estate.

But, there is some drama to this story.  While not married, Larsson did leave behind a sambo. What’s a sambo?  It’s a Swedish term for a live-in partner, like a common-law

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