RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When young Paulo Roberto Menezes filed a paternity investigation on April 21st, 1956, in the city of Alegrete (RS), he surely had no idea that the case would only be finally judged 63 years later.

His intention was to be acknowledged as the son of José Cândido de Almeida -- who passed away without leaving recognized descendants -- and thus to be entitled to the deceased's inheritance.

In the action, Menezes recounts that he and a brother, whom Almeida nicknamed "negrinhos" (pickaninnies), were the offspring of a cohabitation relationship of the deceased.

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