When Stanislaw Kosiorek passed away at age 83, his sons thought it was fishy that their father’s widow — a 64-year-old woman he had married only a year before – was given his home. Claiming that the widow had forged signatures on the deed to the house, the sons hired New Britain, Conn., attorney Jacek Smigelski.

Rather than go before a judge over the family squabble, the Kosioreks settled out of court and the widow agreed to relinquish her claim to the house in return for $35,000 from the proceeds of the house’s sale.