Back from hiatus! Estate of Denial news clips (week of 7/5/15)

Estate of Denial® is back from hiatus. We’ll spend the next days catching up on some headlines from the past weeks and then get back to a timely recapping of the day’s news involving abuses of probate courts and/or instruments like wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney.


Deceased lawyer’s clients owed $1.8 million, but only $330,000 remains (CT)

Hartford Courant

July 2, 2015

A total of 24 former clients of the late New Haven attorney William Gallagher are owed $1.86 million from their dealings with Gallagher, but court records show his bank accounts contain only about $330,000.


Montana Supreme Court orders Billings lawyer disbarred

Great Falls Tribune

July 2, 2015

BILLINGS (AP) – The Montana Supreme Court has disbarred a Billings attorney for misusing a client’s funds and ordered him to pay more than $65,000 in restitution to the family of a man who died in April 2005 of injuries suffered in a vehicle crash.


Death duty to be SCRAPPED Express victory for families hit by hated inheritance tax (UK)

July 4, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to scrap the hated death tax for homes worth up to £1million.


Heirs of famed Prohibition agent find lost stock certificate that could net $1m (FL)

The Guardian

July 3, 2015

A legal fight is brewing in Florida between the estate of the “Untouchables” Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and an Ohio company over some long-undiscovered stock that apparently belonged to Ness and may be worth more than $1m.


Desmond Tutu’s daughter ‘tried to hijack one of his trusts’

The Telegraph

May 31, 2015

South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu‘s daughter reportedly tried to “hijack” one of his trusts in the latest of a series of public spats revealing the cleric’s turbulent family life.


Why Did Seattle’s Former Police Chief Say Kurt Cobain’s Suicide Case Should Be Reopened? (WA)

July 6, 2015

About a month after the widely acclaimed Montage of Heck premiered on HBO, a second Kurt Cobain film was released to significantly less fanfare. Soaked in Bleach is a docudrama that peddles in conspiracy theory, along with plenty of reenactment—two things that are not typically indicators of tremendous quality.


Judge rules Palm Beach man not competent to seek divorce (FL)

July 6, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH — For more than a year, Lois Zelman insisted that even though dementia dramatically changed her relationship with her husband of 15 years, she still loved him and didn’t want a divorce.


AG’s office says it’s ‘monitoring’ Goodwin case (NH)

July 6, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — The state Attorney General’s Office has pledged to “continue to monitor” the investigation into former Police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin’s $2.7 million inheritance from the late Geraldine Webber.


IRS Grabs $388 Million From Billionaire Davidson Estate (MI)

July 8, 2015

In a ginormous estate tax battle denouement, the Internal Revenue Service just won $388 million in a settlement with the estate of Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson.


Judge rules lawsuit over Tom Benson’s trusts for estranged relatives will be heard in New Orleans (TX/LA)

The New Orleans Advocate

July 11, 2015

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson won another court victory Thursday when a federal judge presiding over a case to determine whether Benson can remove several assets — including nonvoting ownership shares in the Saints and Pelicans sports franchises — from trusts he set up for his estranged relatives ruled that the case should remain in New Orleans.


Tom Benson family feud: Judge keeps trust dispute in New Orleans courtroom (TX/LA)

The New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 9, 2015

Tom Benson’s lawsuit seeking to cut his daughter and grandchildren out of ownership in the Saints and Pelicans will continue in New Orleans, a federal judge ruled Thursday (July 9).


Brothers cut house in half over inheritance dispute (TURKEY)

Daily Sabah

July 6, 2015

Two brothers engaged in a dispute over the ownership of a wooden house in the northern province of Rize came up with an inspired solution: Literally cutting the house in two.


Scaife’s daughter seeks to invalidate billionaire’s will (PA)

Pittsburg Post-Gazette

July 6, 2015

When the late billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife initialed his will, he was under the “undue influence” of attorney H. Yale Gutnick, according to a court petition filed by the publisher’s daughter on Thursday that seeks to set aside the will.