Documents show the widow a Indian-born lottery winner poisoned with cyanide has battled in court with several of his siblings over control of his estate, including his lottery winnings.
Urooj Khan died suddenly in July just as the 46-year-old businessman was about to collect $425,000 in prize money.
The court documents shed no light on the circumstances of Khan's death, but add a layer of drama to the story.
Khan's brother Imtiaz and sister Meraj Khan won an order from a probate judge in September to freeze the lottery check, asserting his widow tried to cash it. They expressed concern in court filings that Khan's daughter from a previous marriage might not get her share.
The widow, Shabana Ansari, denies removing assets from the estate.