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With the exception of posting original commentary, Estate of Denial® will be on a summer hiatus over the next weeks. We anticipate being fully back in action by late July.

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The documents every 18-year-old and other young adults need

Adults of all ages – including your 18-year-old – need certain estate planning documents. Despite the horror stories Estate of Denial® posts with regard to abuses involving wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney, one reality endures: while having these instruments is no guarantee they won’t be misused or offer a false sense of security, Keep Reading…

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Temple election gives Morales chance to address “major issues” of concern (TX)

A city of Temple special election is scheduled July 19 to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of former Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales. Four candidates – including Judy Morales – have filed to run. As issues are an integral part of any campaign, Morales has new opportunity to address the “major issues” she Keep Reading…

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Former judge, Mark Belinky, to be sentenced July 9 (OH)

YOUNGSTOWN — Mark Belinky, the former Mahoning County Probate Court judge found guilty of tampering with records, will be sentenced July 9 on the third-degree felony count. Belinky, a Democrat, could face a maximum prison sentence of 18 months. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case, recommended Belinky be sentenced to community-control supervision Keep Reading…

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Judge says ‘Top 40’ radio personality Casey Kasem must be fed, hydrated and medicated (CA)

In the latest twist in an ongoing family battle over medical care for a radio personality renowned for his “Top 40″ programs and the voice work he did for Scooby-Doo cartoons, a California judge has ruled that Casey Kasem must be fed, hydrated and, at the discretion of his doctors, medicated. The Monday ruling by Keep Reading…

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UT-Austin settles with Ryan O’Neal over Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett (CA)

WASHINGTON — Ryan O’Neal finally has Farrah Fawcett for keeps. The actor and on-and-off-again lover of ’70s siren Fawcett has settled a contentious lawsuit with the University of Texas at Austin over a portrait of the late actress by pop icon Andy Warhol and a drawing on a cloth napkin also inscribed by the artist. After nearly three years Keep Reading…

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Civil asset forfeiture: political will, not reforms are the challenge (TX)

Civil asset forfeiture has long been a favorite issue addressed here at Estate of Denial®. With that, we were glad to see PolicyMic.com feature a post on this topic, a post specifically highlighting property rights abuses here in Texas. This description of Tarrant County forfeitures was of particular interest: The District Attorney’s office in Texas’ Keep Reading…

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