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Nixon's Daughters Try to Settle $20-Million Bequest Dispute

August 07, 2002|From Associated Press

MIAMI — The daughters of former President Nixon met Tuesday in an attempt to resolve their two-year dispute over how to spend a $20-million bequest for their father's presidential library.

No agreement was reached in the daylong, court-ordered meeting, but at midday a longtime friend of the late president was optimistic.

"It's hopeful," said Robert Abplanalp, who must decide with Tricia Cox and Julie Eisenhower how the gift is spent.

In June, a judge ordered the daughters to meet with Abplanalp, estate trustees and representatives of the Nixon Library and Birthplace facility in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Nixon's friend, banker Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, left 65% of his estate to the library when he died in 1998 on the condition that the sisters and Abplanalp approve the spending.

The sisters can't agree whether the library should be run by the family, Cox's choice, or by a 24-member board, the preference of Eisenhower and the library foundation.

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