Estate lawsuits are not limited to the United States. On August 27, 2009, the Los Angeles Times had an interesting article about the fight for the estate of the glamorous Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, India, estimated at $470 million -- which includes palaces, antiques, jewels and stuffed tiger heads from royal hunts.
The article shines a light on the reversal of fortunes seen by a once-privileged class in India and the estate fight that is brewing and fueled by the fact that she was her husband's third wife and the survivors are four sons by 3 different wives.
Gayatri Devi lived a charmed life. Born wealthy, she married the maharaja of Jaipur, and became his third wife. Her husband's family was one of India's wealthiest royal families. Earlier generations of the family used solid gold tongue scrapers, kept parrots trained to ride little silver bicycles and had a live turtle encrusted with diamonds and rubies as a good-luck charm.
When she died in late July at age 90, the woman once described as one of the most beautiful in the world had outlived her husband by nearly 40 years, and outlasted his other wives too. But as estate lawyers have observed any family with four sons by three wives can have estate litigation.
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