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Court Honors Man’s Last Wish To Keep $3M Estate From Family

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CARSON CITY (AP) — A retired Las Vegas police officer who died in 2008 is getting his final wish to keep his $3 million estate from his family.

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled this week to recognize a handwritten note William Melton wrote in 1995, telling his girlfriend that his relatives shouldn’t get a penny of inheritance.

Melton had written a formal will in 1975 giving nothing to his daughter and leaving his estate to his parents and other relatives.

His father died, and he wrote a note as he came home from his mother’s funeral saying his girlfriend Alberta “Susie” Kelleher should get everything.

Melton’s money came from real estate investments and now goes to state education coffers.

Justices say Nevada law disfavors reverting money to the state, but seeks to honor wills.

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