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Family fights over slain Florida millionaire's estate

The pricey estate of a Florida man is still up in the air after he was murdered in 2009. However, the picture is becoming clearer over who might inherit the assets, which include such extravagant items as a yacht, classic cars and two homes.

The slain man's wife will most likely not be the heir of the fortune because she is the one that organized the man's murder, which took place at a hotel. Florida law states that a murderer cannot benefit from their victim's death.

The woman and her brother were determined to be the masterminds behind the man's death, and the death of the man's mother. The duo hired a hitman in both instances, and the deaths were carried out in an effort to cash in on the family's lucrative estate. Both individuals are serving life behind bars.

Instead of the woman inheriting the fortune, the assets will most likely fall in the hands of the woman's daughter and her two adult sons. The woman's daughter is considered a stepdaughter to the millionaire victim and she is expected to receive $150,000, while her sons would inherit the rest of the estate via two trusts, per the man's will.

This is not happening without a fight as other relatives of the man have made efforts to invalidate his will and keep the money out of the hands of the stepdaughter and her two sons. Recently, the man's half brother, who is adopted, made yet another effort.

The man's family could argue that the man's wife forced him to include her daughter and grandsons in the will. They could also make a case that the stepdaughter was in on the murder plot, and would therefore be disqualified from receiving any of the estate.

The man's estate was valued at around $4.2 million.

This case shows that, even with a will, controversy can rage over the rights to an estate. This underscores the need for qualified attorneys who know their way around probate court.

Source: lohud.com, "Narcy Novack case: Daughter poised to inherit multimillion dollar estate," Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, Jonathan Bandler, Jan. 11, 2013

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