Judge Awards Estate to Southeastern Louisiana U Foundation

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A state judge awarded the estate of a Greensburg woman to a university foundation after he determined the woman’s heirs coerced her into changing her will just before she died, leaving them her estate.

Judge Ernest G. Drake’s ruling invalidated an October 2010 will of Myra LaRue that left her estate to be divided equally among her sister and three of her nieces.

If the ruling stands, the estate will be distributed according to a March 2009 will, which left certificates of deposit to one of the nieces, the balance of LaRue’s checking account to a friend and the rest of her estate to the Southeastern Development Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of Southeastern Louisiana University.

The main asset in the estate is LaRue’s house and 11 acres in Greensburg, which has an assessed value of $380,000, according to documents from the St. Helena Parish Tax Assessor’s Office.

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