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Bren Simon files court documents in will dispute

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Indianapolis - The widow of billionaire Melvin Simon claims her husband had "sound and rational reasons" for changing his will seven months before he died. It's the latest battle over a fortune worth more than a billion dollars.

The feud over Mel Simon's fortune took another turn Wednesday when his widow filed court papers in response to a lawsuit challenging a change to his estate.

Bren Simon claims that "Melvin Simon voluntarily and of his own free will signed a valid will and trust in February." That was seven months before Simon died of cancer.

Bren Simon's claim is in stark contrast to a lawsuit filed by Mel Simon's daughter from a previous marriage. Deborah Simon claims "Melvin was so ill that he was unable to sign either his new will or trust agreement himself...necessitating someone to hold a pen in Melvin's hand and move his hand as he allegedly 'signed' both documents."

Mel Simon's fortune estimated by Forbes Magazine at $1.3 billion is at stake. The new will reduces the inheritances for Simon's children and impacts charitable donations.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Bren Simon didn't trust Melvin Simon's children from his first marriage to be fair to their stepmother after he died.

In court papers, Bren Simon alleges, "It had become apparent to Melvin Simon that the children might not be fair or equitable to Bren Simon if the children were left with an ability to impact Bren's financial situation or business interests."

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