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Judge rules Tommie Rae Hynie Brown was married to James Brown (SC)

Estate of Denial

In a decision likely to significantly affect the long-running dispute over James Brown’s estate, a judge in South Carolina has ruled that Tommie Rae Hynie Brown is the widow of the singer, known as the Godfather of Soul. If the ruling stands, Mrs. Brown could be entitled to a share of the Brown estate, which Keep Reading…

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Wiseman finds $170K as reasonable fee to lawyer, but not $782K (PHIL)

Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman yesterday found not reasonable a lawyer’s request for payment of $782,363.74 in legal fees for representing then-administrator of an estate that received a grand total of $2.8 million from the government for just compensation over the taking of property and rental payments. Wiseman, however, determined that $170,263.01 is Keep Reading…

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Pensioner forced to quit £1.2m home in feud with her son (UK)

A 79-year-old woman will be forced out of her £1.2million home after a judge ruled that she cannot share it with the grown-up son she hates. Elizabeth Ashley had changed the locks on her home in Wandsworth in order to keep out her son Mitchim. But Judge Diana Faber ruled she had “unlawfully excluded” him Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson’s family files suit against Saints, Pelicans owner (LA/TX)

A day after revealing that Tom Benson announced his wife, Gayle, would seize control of the NFL‘s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans upon his death, his granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, and other family members have filed a lawsuit to block the change. The news was first reported by Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com, Keep Reading…

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Attorney in Gary Volkers’ estate case withdraws representation of Texas daughter (MI)

The attorney for Gary Volkers’ Texas daughter who laid claim to his estate following his suicide has withdrawn himself as her representative, citing lack of pay and a “difficult client.” “Continued representation of the personal representative has, and will continue to, cause an unreasonable financial burden on petitioner, plus, personal representative has been an unreasonably Keep Reading…

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High court denies Aldridge’s appeal (MS)

JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday denied state Rep. Brian Aldridge’s attempt to overturn a chancery court decision that he must pay more than $200,000 to the estate of his deceased aunt. The state’s highest court, in a 7-1 decision, refused to reverse the ruling of Chancellor Michael Malski, who found in a Keep Reading…

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Sheridan son no longer seeking to handle parents’ estate (NJ)

One of the two sons who had sought to administer the estate of John P. Jr. and Joyce Sheridan has been removed from the initial application on file with the Somerset County (N.J.) Surrogate’s Office. Matthew Sheridan, 40, will no longer seek to handle his parents’ estate, leaving his twin, Mark, in line to be Keep Reading…

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