In 1974, Elizabeth McNabb began what would become a 14-year quest to find her birth mother. Three decades and one legal action later, McNabb has established that she is entitled to a multimillion-dollar share of the Jell-O fortune. A New York appellate panel has ruled that McNabb legally constitutes a "descendant" and "living child" of her mother, Barbara W. Piel, under trusts established by Piel's mother in 1926 and 1963. The case turned on the dates the trusts were established.
Woman's Search for Her Birth Mother Leads to Share of Jell-O Fortune
New York Law Journal
March 22, 2007