Never mind the lingering liability from complaints filed nearly 30 years ago. The real threat in digging up cold incidents has shifted to reputation.
People think 16 years on television translate into a vast fortune. Odds are good the material wealth he left behind was on the low side.
He lived on the edge and died without warning. The family needed a disaster plan to minimize strain in the worst moments and smooth the transition.
Cashing out early amounted to an early retirement. Then the company with her name on it grew into a $2.4 billion empire without her.
No trust fund for the TV news icon raises inevitable responses that he doesn't need the money. But did the safety cushion do the real work early on?