"We and Mr. Stern always believed that Anna Nicole never intended to disinherit her daughter,"' People mag quoted Stern's lawyer, Bruce S. Ross, as saying after the March 4th hearing. "I'm pleased to say this chapter in the saga is closed," he added. If all works out fine, the toddler would be inheriting millions from the fortune of Smith's late husband, oil man J. Howard Marshall, whose estate is still tied up in litigation in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to Ross, along with the confirmation of Dannielynn being Anna Nicole's sole heir, Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff's ruling also established a trust on her behalf with Stern and Birkhead as its co-trustees.