South Dakota Supreme Court Rules in Fairfax Estate Case

Posted on Jun 10, 2013

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled a deceased man’s wife, who is committed to a nursing home and excluded from her husband’s will, still has a right to half her husband’s estate.

The case arose after the death of Eugene Shipman, of Fairfax, on July 31, 2010. Shipman’s wife of more than 50 years, Arline Shipman, had been in a nursing home since 2008 because she suffered from dementia and needed full-time care, according to the Supreme Court’s summary of the case.