Burke was a trust officer for a bank in a small midwestern town. He handled trusts, estates, and other things like that.
Most of his work was routine and peaceful. One case, however, exasperated him greatly.
He handled the estate of a man who well call Smith. It was worth between $30 million and $35 million.
He had two heirs -- a son and a daughter.
In the middle of probate, however, Smith's daughter and his daughterinlaw started to disagree about who would get a few things in the estate. And as it sometimes happens in these things, the disagreements became a strong conflict.
It got the point where Burke was in his office with Smith's son, his daughterinlaw, and his daughter, going through the contents of a jar that held some assorted loose coins.
He got to the last coin. It was a nickle.
In exasperation, he took it in his hand and said, "Who gets this?"
Smith's daughter said, "Flip for it."