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Texas judge: Tom Benson likely can’t recover Saints, Pelicans shares he gave to now-estranged relatives (TX/LA)

Estate of Denial

If Tom Benson is going to cut his now-estranged daughter and grandchildren off from any future involvement with the Saints and Pelicans, he needs to remove shares of the sports teams from a group of trusts benefiting his relatives and replace them with assets of equal value. Benson and his lawyers believe he has the Keep Reading…

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Hearing on Banks’ will might be moved to help claustrophobic witness (IL)

A witness in the bitter dispute over Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks’ will has “crippling claustrophobia,” an attorney told a judge Thursday. The witness, who was not identified by name during a morning hearing, can’t reach the 18th-floor Daley Center courtroom where the details of Banks’ will are being hashed out, according to an attorney Keep Reading…

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‘Black widow’ who married man on his death bed just eight days before he died is jailed for stealing his grandchild’s inheritance (UK)

A ‘black widow’ who married a man on his death bed just eight days before he died has been jailed for stealing his granddaughter’s inheritance. Judith Brown, 55, wed Roy Mitchell, 66, just over a week before he died after a long illness in 2011, but he changed his will so she would be the Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson family feud: San Antonio judge says Saints owner ‘at war with himself’ (TX/LA)

A San Antonio probate judge overseeing one of the Tom Benson family legal fights over the Saints owner’s fortune said in a letter this month that the 87-year-old billionaire “is at war with himself.” Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff wrote the March 9 letter, recently filed in federal court in San Antonio, to the two receivers he Keep Reading…

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Case by ex-manager to Britney Spears revived (CA)

LOS ANGELES (CN) – When pop star Britney Spears met Sam Lufti in a nightclub in 2007, her life was in shambles. Embroiled in a bitter divorce and child custody battle with then-husband Kevin Federline, Spears was also estranged from her parents and battling substance abuse. Having recently fired her manager, publicist and bodyguards, Spears Keep Reading…

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Hearing set for Tuesday on Ernie Banks’ mental state in months before death (IL)

Three months before his death in January, Cubs great Ernie Banks went to a Lombard law office far from his home in downtown Chicago and executed a will that cut out his family and left his entire estate to his longtime caretaker, records show. Now the validity of that hotly contested will is scheduled to Keep Reading…

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Temporary trust overseers withdraw lawsuit against Tom Benson (TX/LA)

The two men appointed to oversee a Texas trust that Tom Benson was temporarily suspended from running have voluntarily withdrawn a lawsuit they filed against the Saints and Pelicans owner. Former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger said Wednesday that he and Art Bayern, an estate lawyer, took that step at the request of Bexar County, Keep Reading…

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