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Nixon Sisters Settle Dispute

From Associated Press

Richard Nixon’s daughters have resolved their two-year fight over how to spend a $20-million bequest for their father’s presidential library in Yorba Linda.

Tricia Cox and Julie Eisenhower completed a court-ordered mediation Wednesday, but details of the private meeting were not released.

“It was amicably resolved, but I cannot get into the details of the resolution because the parties wanted to keep them private,” said Jack Falk, an attorney for the Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation in Orange County.

Nixon’s longtime friend, Key Biscayne banker Charles “Bebe” Rebozo, left 65% of his estate to the library on the condition that the sisters and another Nixon friend, Robert Abplanalp, approve the spending.

The trust, formed after Rebozo died in 1998, gave the foundation $781,000 in 1999 but nothing since.

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A check for $1.3 million intended for taxes has been frozen.

The sisters fought over whether the library should be operated by the family, which was Cox’s view, or by a 24-member board, the preference of Eisenhower and the library foundation.

In January, the foundation sued in both Florida and California to unfreeze money.

In June, Miami-Dade County Judge Maria Korvick ordered the face-to-face mediation between the daughters, Abplanalp, estate trustees and representatives of the library.


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