CARSON CITY (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court says the $3 million estate of a man who disinherited his family reverts to the state.
In a unanimous opinion Thursday, justices reversed a lower court judge in Clark County who awarded the estate of William Melton to his daughter, Vicki Palm. Melton disinherited Palm decades ago.
Melton signed a formal will in 1975, leaving most of his estate to his parents and saying his daughter “was to receive nothing.” He later added that a friend, Susie Kelleher, should get a small portion.
In 1995, he sent a letter to Kelleher leaving her his entire estate and disavowing his relatives. Kelleher died in 2002. Melton died four years later.
Justices said Melton’s disinheritance was enforceable, and under Nevada law, his assets go to the state for education.