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Killing the death tax

Estate of Denial

Benjamin Franklin made this observation in a 1789 letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy: “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The Founding Father was an astute and learned fellow, indeed. Yet even he would have Keep Reading…

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Mom charged in girl’s death could get trust fund (NY)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl’s trust fund — even if she’s convicted. Nicole Diggs and her husband have pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and child endangerment Keep Reading…

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Ashya King’s parents fight extradition from Spain

Ashya King’s brother, Danny: “We just wanted to do what was best for Ashya” The parents of Ashya King are being held in police custody after they refused to consent to their extradition to the UK at a court appearance in Spain. A High Court judge in Madrid ruled Brett and Naghemeh King will remain Keep Reading…

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Contest targets exposing Texas government waste

While sensible economic and business regulatory policies have spared Texas from the grief past years have brought other areas, the Lone Star State is not without its challenges. Local government debt is a serious affront to taxpayers as also is government waste. With that, the Texas Public Policy Action is sponsoring a Texas Government Waste Keep Reading…

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Deadlines set in Webber estate case (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — Both sides of a legal dispute over a police officer’s $2.7 million inheritance have been given deadlines to disclose their expert witnesses, in advance of a 2015 trial. In dispute is the 2012 will and trust for the late Geraldine Webber, who left Portsmouth police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin the majority of her estate Keep Reading…

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Sacramento elder law attorney charged with financial elder abuse (CA)

A Sacramento attorney whose website extols his expertise in “championing the elderly and ensuring they are not taken advantage of” was arraigned Thursday on felony charges of financial elder abuse, grand theft and securities fraud. Attorney Delbert Joe Modlin, 63, who was being held on $500,000 bail since his arrest Tuesday, agreed to stop practicing Keep Reading…

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Judge sets trial date for Robbie Tolan civil rights lawsuit (TX)

HOUSTON – Robbie Tolan’s civil rights case will be heard in federal court next year; a federal magistrate judge set the date Wednesday. Tolan’s case will go on trial on Sept. 14, 2015. He was shot by Bellaire Police Officer Jeffrey Cotton in 2008. Cotton suspected Tolan of driving a stolen car, which he was Keep Reading…

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