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Children win family dispute over Ladue man’s $50 million fortune (MO)

Estate of Denial

CLAYTON — A bitter family dispute over a real estate magnate’s millions culminated on Monday when a jury decided the man’s socialite widow used undue influence to gain control of his company. The high-stakes drama has featured sensational allegations, a dash of Missouri political intrigue and a glimpse into the life of a wealthy Ladue Keep Reading…

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Real-estate heir blows $3.5M meant for charity on cars, hotels: suit (NY)

The heir to a Manhattan real-estate fortune squandered millions of dollars that was supposed to go to a Jewish charity, going on a spending spree that included fancy cars and posh hotels, according to court papers. The United Jewish Appeal claims it was supposed to get the remainder of a trust set up by building Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson family feud: Federal judge in Texas sets hearing on trust dispute (TX/LA)

A federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments next month on whether the fight over control of Saints owner Tom Benson’s family assets in Texas should be kept in federal court or be sent back to a San Antonio probate judge. U.S. District Judge David Ezra set the hearing for May 21 at 10 Keep Reading…

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Trusts & estates lawyers are now moneymakers: Business of law

(Bloomberg) — Trusts and estates lawyers, once second-class citizens at some large corporate firms, have become revenue producers. And at firms including Loeb & Loeb LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, the departments, which often include lawyers who specialize in tax as well as trusts and estates, are anything but Keep Reading…

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National group observes Butler County judge’s courtroom (OH)

BUTLER COUNTY — A Butler County judge’s practice concerning the severely mentally ill is being studied as part of the possible solution to the nation’s escalating mental health crisis. A group of five people from as far as Arizona and Oregon recently visited Judge Randy Rogers’ Probate Court to see how the county handles Assisted Keep Reading…

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Cop’s relationship with $2.7M beneficiary wasn’t investigated (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — When police officials received complaints four years ago about Sgt. Aaron Goodwin’s involvement with an elderly woman, who later left the officer most of her $2.7 million estate, the only person they interviewed was Goodwin. That’s according to a deposition of police Capt. Frank Warchol, taken as part of a probate court dispute over Keep Reading…

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Push for regulation of private and public guardians (FL)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Imagine yourself reaching the age of 93, you are still healthy and you have wealth, only to become a prisoner of the legal system in your own home. It is a scenario being played out in hundreds if not thousands of Florida homes. The story of Ernestine Franks of Pensacola is compelling. Keep Reading…

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