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Gay Model's $25M Estate in Limbo Because She Could Never Marry Her Partner

The legal quandary began when Shirley Ione Cowell adopted her lover, Gigi Carrier.

Flatiron »

Shrink Persuaded Patient to Start Live-In Romance With Her, Court Docs Say

Susan Turner moved into her patient's luxury pad and got her to change her will, court documents say.

Upper West Side »

Widow of Famed Magician & Houdini Biographer Scammed Out of $1M: Court Docs

Kin of Maurine Christopher say Santos and Jessica Molina claimed to care but were full of hocus pocus.

Union Square »

Long-Lost Brother's Death Leads Man on $1M Scavenger Hunt

Henry Passerini spent four years searching for money his dead hermit brother hid around the country.

Crown Heights »

$100M Monet Painting at Center of Brooklyn Legal Fight

The family of a deceased art collector says the painting "Women at Arles" was wrongfully taken.

Upper West Side »

John Leguizamo's Mom-in-Law Hides $17.5M San Remo Apt Sale: Lawsuit

Rona Maurer is accused of keeping mum on her apartment sale so as not to pay her stepchild her cut.

Hamilton Heights »

Family Says its $1.5 Million Brownstone Was Stolen in Deed-Theft Scam

Kevin Hembrick and his mother, Jacqueline, say they're the victims of deed fraud and harassment.

Inwood »

NYU Hospital Pays $4M to Family of Singer Who Died After Having Twins

Michal Lura Friedman died following surgical complications from a C-section at NYU Langone in 2011.

Upper West Side »

Mysterious Man in Cowboy Garb Has $800K Coming to Him, But Can't Be Found

Lawyers, investigators and long-lost family members are searching for the ex-Upper West Sider.

Midtown »

Widow of DC Comics Co-Founder Was Conned By Workers, Son Says

The wife of the publisher who brought Superman to world left $1 million to her lawyer and her assistant.

Upper West Side »

Siblings Squabble Over Painting Worth Millions That Sold for Thousands

Cyrus Greenspon said his step-sister made a shady deal on the Ad Reinhardt painting.

Midtown East »

Polo-Playing 'Lady' Felon Wants Child Support From Family of 9/11 Victim

Gwendolyn Phillips claims she had a child with a dead trader.

East Village »

Missing Man's Wife Goes to Court to Fight Amnesiac Claiming His Identity

Leslie Bright said that the man claiming to be her husband who vanished 20 years ago is a fraud.

Upper East Side »

Hoarder in Rent-Stabilized Apartment Died With $18M, Widow Says

Lewis David Zagor made a fortune investing, but he lived in an apartment full of boxes and tchotchkes.

East Village »

Mom Says She Knew Instantly That 'Amnesiac' Missing 20 Years Was Her Son

Mary Bright says Kwame Seku, a California amnesiac claiming to be her long-lost son, is the real deal.