An EoD “heavy news” day

Of late, the news has been full of stories with estate angles.  Check out the News Archive.

The Times just published a great piece on Britney Spears that discusses the degree of control being exercised over her life and queries that if anyone were to have such power and – especially given his own personal history – is Jamie Spears the right guy?  The article also appropriately addresses how Britney’s conservatorship has become a lucrative enterprise for a number of attorneys who certainly will profit from keeping this “cash cow” in the barnyard.  The judge overseeing Britney’s conservatorship also just ruled on Peter Falk’s case.  While intervention is sometimes required, the increasing use and credible reports of abuse should be a source of concern for all Americans.

A Senate committee is once again looking at the Elder Justice Act.  With Elder Abuse Awareness Day approaching on June 15, the media will likely focus extra attention on this issue.  We haven’t read the bill, but would remind folks to be careful for what you wish.  Government is often a problematic element of many elder abuse cases.  APS and other social services entities are known to help troll for potential guardianship or other estate abuse cases in which assets of the disabled/incapacitated or people, upon their death, are ultimately targeted.

Bringing new government bureaucracy into the mix is always a concern at  If such means are ahead, government closest to the people is government most responsive to the people so we hope funding is community-focused so that areas truly wanting to take a stand against local predators and others perpetrating Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions in which probate venues and/or probate instruments (wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney) are used to loot assets can be truly assisted in protecting the liberty and property rights of their hard-working, productive residents.

And Mrs. Astor’s former lawyer might be running into consequences resulting from the exposure of his role in her estate process.  We keep waiting for the public to really begin understanding the heinous nature of stealing (or enabling theft) from the dead, disabled or incapacitated.  It’s ugly business.  While views information from The New York Times with caution, this story, if true, presents a hopeful perspective.

Maybe light is finally starting to shine on the dark side of estate management.