Fight Over Astor's Estate Ends

The settlement frees $100 million for charities, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and New York City's public schools.

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    FILE - In this May 1, 1997 file photo, the late socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor is seen at the Merchant's House Museum in New York. The long dispute over the estate of socialite philanthropist Brooke Astor ended Wednesday, March 28.

    The New York attorney general says the long dispute over Brooke Astor's will has been settled.

    An agreement in Westchester County Surrogate Court comes nearly five years after Astor, a socialite philanthropist, died at the age of 105.
    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the settlement frees $100 million for charities. The main recipients are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and New York City's public schools.
    He says it cuts by more than half -- to $14.5 million -- the amount going to Astor's son, Anthony Marshall.
    Marshall and the charities had disagreed on which of several wills and revisions expressed Astor's true intent.
    Marshall was convicted in 2009 of taking advantage of his mother's dementia, partly by engineering changes to her will. He is appealing.

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