Unusual adoption case has high stakes
By GREGORY D. KESICH, Staff Writer
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Sixteen years ago, Olive Watson wanted to ensure her long-time lover's financial security. So she adopted her.
Now, Watson's lawyers are trying to get the adoption annulled to keep Patricia Spado from collecting a share of the riches left by the man whom Fortune magazine called "the greatest capitalist who ever lived."
A complex legal dispute is now under way in two states over the adoption, which took place in a Rockland courtroom in 1991.