The Law: Trustbusting

At 49, Christine Cromwell has had her share of poor-little-rich-girl problems, including five husbands and five divorces. She has also had a special woe: not being as rich in cash as she was in prospect. A granddaughter of Auto Magnate Horace E. Dodge, she was entitled to one-quarter of the $56 million he left in trust at his death in 1920. But there was a catch: the money could not be touched as long as Dodge's widow lived, which the hardy Scotswoman proceeded to do until 1970 when, by her own reckoning, she was 103.

Christine found the waiting onerous. Twenty years...

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