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Summer hiatus ahead

Estate of Denial

July is here and so is the Estate of Denial® summer hiatus. A busy few months are ahead so while new columns will be posted over the upcoming weeks, archiving probate abuse articles won’t resume until shortly after Labor Day. Hope everyone has a great and safe summer!

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Spat over Vanderbilt mansion gets nasty; even descendant Anderson Cooper isn’t spared (RI)

NEWPORT, R.I. –  The Vanderbilt family has fallen into a full-blown public spat with the nonprofit organization that now owns their spectacular Rhode Island mansion called The Breakers. The conflict includes intimations that the Preservation Society of Newport County might sue or that it might evict the two Vanderbilts who still summer rent-free on the Keep Reading…

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Ohio Senate signs off on bill to allow probate judges to issue search warrants

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate signed off Thursday on legislation allowing probate judges to issue search warrants — a law change that was prompted by a court case in Stark County. SB 161 passed on a vote of 33-0 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration. The legislation stems from a warrant obtained Keep Reading…

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Patrick Swayze’s family is at war with his widow — This time, they’re feuding over his estate

It’s been more than five years since Patrick Swayze passed away, but he still can’t rest peacefully — as his family and his widow, Lisa Niemi, are at war over the late actor’s ranch, Rancho Bizarro! A new report by Radar Online alleges the Dirty Dancing actor’s family wanted to turn his beloved ranch into Keep Reading…

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Report: Nearly half of Social Security disability beneficiaries were overpaid by government

Waste is a real and pressing issue in Social Security’s disability programs. According to a recent report by the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, 44.5 percent of beneficiaries received more money than they were supposed to at some point between 2004 and 2014. Recipients enrolled before October 2003 were overpaid Keep Reading…

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Sonoma Co. counselor arrested for elder abuse and theft (CA)

Santa Rosa police arrested a self-employed counselor for elderly clients on suspicion of defrauding $26,000 from a woman over the last four months, a police sergeant said. Andrew Ross, 46, of Healdsburg, became a trustee of the 86-year-old woman’s personal checking account in October and made several electronic transfers to his personal accounts, Sgt. Lisa Keep Reading…

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Ex-legal secretary admits estate thefts (OH)

GREENVILLE — A former legal secretary who admitted to stealing from estates could be sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Lynette Foureman is to be sentenced Aug. 17 after pleading guilty Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court to two counts of felony grand theft and one count of felony theft. She remains free Keep Reading…

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