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

Estate of Denial

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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Forensic expert determines signature ‘non-genuine’ on one of the wills claiming Staten Island millionaire’s fortune (NY)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A forensic expert has determined that the signature on one of the two wills making a claim to a Staten Island man’s $40 million fortune is a forgery, according to attorney Richard La Rosa. Forensic document examiner John Paul Osborn’s report found that “the signature is non-genuine and highly probable it was Keep Reading…

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Cash-strapped heirs mine rich legacies of civil rights icons

It is becoming a familiar, unfortunate spectacle in the years and decades after the death of a major civil rights figure: Heirs squabble over whether memorabilia left behind should be donated to a library or museum in the interest of securing the deceased’s place in history or sold to the highest bidder in an increasingly lucrative Keep Reading…

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