Pilar Abel may have had a good incentive for claiming to be Salvador Dali’s daughter. Maybe she had an honest belief she was related to him and would inherit $250 million of his estate. However, she was unable to prove she was his daughter, according to the Wills, Trusts & Prof Blog in "Inheritance Disputes from Beyond the Grave."
The remains of Dali were exhumed recently by an order of a court in Spain after Abel convinced the court to exhume the body so DNA testing could be conducted.
It turns out that the DNA testing revealed Abel was not related to Dali.
It is not clear whether Abel knew that her story was false.
These post-death claims of those asserting heirship to a large estate are increasing, according to some in the estate law field.
That might seem strange, since DNA testing makes adjudicating any such claims relatively easy.
However, it goes to show how some people may be desperate to inherit money.
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Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (Oct. 26, 2017) "Inheritance Disputes from Beyond the Grave."