Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Wanted: Heir for $375,000 Estate

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Wanted: Heir for $375,000 Estate

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Clayton Goward has a $375,000 estate. What the 79-year-old man doesn't have is a suitable heir.

So he placed an ad in the Star Tribune to try to solve the problem.

"My estate is sizable and I have no worthy heirs," the July 11 ad said. "I need a solution now. If you have had this same problem and have found an answer, please write."

As of Thursday, he had received 32 responses.

Some of the letters came from people who told him they were in dire straits and could use his money. Some were from churches and charities. Others just contained advice, such as the note from a sheriff who "had nothing to say but `be careful,'" Goward said.

Goward is not sure what he's looking for, but he knows none of the letters has particularly moved him.

"I hope I haven't opened up a can of worms," he said.

Goward got divorced long ago, and his three sons grew up with their mother in northern Minnesota. He lived in Minneapolis then and didn't see them much. …

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