MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:50 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Apperson Crump And Blanche Hamilton Karsch

Credit Apperson Crump

Blanche Hamilton Karsch was grocery shopping in Memphis when she learned that she had received a 3.5 million dollar inheritance. Mrs. Karsch responded with “Really. That’s nice,” before selecting a 5¢ head of lettuce.

But things weren’t that easy. Blanche had been adopted from a New York orphanage by Hugh and Kate Magevney Hamilton, a prominent Memphis couple. When Mrs. Hamilton died, many Magevney relatives challenged the distribution of the inheritance to Karsch. 

William Park Metcalf of Metcalf, Metcalf & Apperson represented Mrs. Karsch in court, and it was reported that his pleadings on her behalf “left not a dry eye in the court.”

Metcalf won the court case for Mrs. Karsch, and the case became a landmark for adoptees’ rights of inheritance. Metcalf, Metcalf & Apperson, now Apperson Crump, remains Memphis’ oldest continuously practicing law firm.

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