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Groton woman charged with stealing $160,000 from ailing father (CT)

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Authorities arrested a 38-year-old Groton woman Wednesday on charges she stole more than $160,000 from her sick father’s account. Lisa Farnum, of 38 York Court, was arrested by inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. She is charged with one count of first-degree larceny. Authorities said a probate Keep Reading…

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Dispute resolution program marks 10 years (TX)

Today marks 10 years of a legal service offered in Denton County that not many resident know is out there to help them. The Denton Alternative Dispute Resolution program offers the help of volunteer mediators to resolve cases, such as family law and probate and other civil matters, keeping the courts from clogging up and Keep Reading…

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County public guardian put on leave, escorted out of building (CA)

A high-ranking Santa Clara County official was placed on paid leave Thursday in the wake of a report that pointed to widespread dysfunction under his watch. Don Moody, the public administrator/guardian/conservator, was escorted out of his office, sources tell San Jose Inside. County spokeswoman Gwen Mitchell confirmed that Moody was relieved of his duties for the time being but Keep Reading…

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State agents continue Mahoning probate court probe (OH)

The state auditor’s office is conducting a special audit of the Mahoning County Probate Court, a spokeswoman for State Auditor Dave Yost has confirmed. “We do have a special audit of the probate court, but we can’t really speak to specifics about an audit while it’s ongoing,” said Carrie Bartunek, Yost’s press secretary. Bartunek declined Keep Reading…

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Real awareness for this National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Once again we’re here at National Estate Planning Awareness Week (Oct. 19 – 25). In conjunction with this time, the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law section of the American Bar Association is offering a free webinar, Estate Planning: How to Get Going and Why Not to Do It Yourself, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Keep Reading…

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Scientific study concludes no one trusts lawyers

Many people enter the legal profession with the expectation that the public will see them as members of a noble trade to be revered and admired. Unfortunately, that’s simply not the case at all. For every would-be Atticus Finch, there exists an off-color lawyer joke. If you’d call 5,000 dead lawyers at the bottom of Keep Reading…

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Rickhoff’s extended vacation on the probate court (TX)

Bexar County Probate Court Judge Tom Rickhoff is taking 65 days off from work at the courthouse this year, according to a docket calendar kept by Rickhoff’s staff. Rickhoff’s list of courthouse absences includes eight weeks of vacation time, 16 isolated days in which he has been out of the office, and various trips to Keep Reading…

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