Watching Texas election campaigns and the current crop of candidates reminded us of a 2008 Estate of Denial® posting in which a Connecticut lawyer acted not only as a judge in three cases, but also as the lawyer. The case also caught our eye as this official was involved in some highly questionable probate cases.
What could be more ridiculous? Perhaps if the judge were a defendant in his own (or aspiring to be) court. Never say never…
On the eve of the Texas primary runoff elections, Estate of Denial® is watching a number of races in which candidates have probate-related significance. We don’t take a stand on candidates, but will continue both our education efforts of exposing legal abuse in general and with a focus on probate venues and via probate instruments (wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney) as well as our advocacy efforts working toward meaningful reform (which for us requires criminal prosecutions) to help combat such acts.
Meanwhile, people not just in Texas, but across the country are encouraged to get engaged! Judges can play an enormous role in both perpetrating or protecting from the actions described on the pages of this site. An engaged electorate can ultimately influence if the pendulum swings in favor of probate property poachers and other abusers of the legal system or the public.
Doing your homework before voting for judicial candidates is an important first step!