Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/9/15)

Lawyer warns of rising death benefit disputes

SMSF Adviser

August 10, 2015

A growing awareness of estate litigation, along with the special nature of superannuation benefits, will see further increases in disputes involving estate planning for super, one industry lawyer cautions.

Speaking to SMSF Adviser, Cooper Grace Ward partner Scott Hay-Bartlem said the SMSF industry is certainly seeing an increase in disputes about how SMSF death benefits fit in, how they are paid and how the decision making is passed.


AG: Portsmouth City Council must pick new police commissioner (NH)

August 10, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — A vacancy on the Police Commission must be filled by the city’s governing body, the City Council, according to Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte.

The AG’s ruling about Police Commission vacancies was given by letter to Secretary of State William Gardner, in response to a request from the Portsmouth Herald regarding a Police Commission vacancy in Portsmouth. City charter says the vacancy would be filled by the runner-up in the last election, but LaBonte’s letter disputes and overrules the charter.


Saints owner Tom Benson’s trust fund feud set for 2016 trial (TX/LA)

New Orleans Times-Picayune

August 10, 2015

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will head to trial next year in the New Orleans federal court in a dispute that could decide whether the billionaire businessman can make good on his plans to carve his daughter and grandchildren out of ownership of his sports franchises.


Nina Wang estate tangles with another feng shui master, this time over fake relics in HK$402m loss

South China Morning Post

August 12, 2015

The administrators of the late Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum’s HK$83 billion estate are suing a feng shui master, two other men and a company for HK$402 million for selling her fake relics 10 years ago, according to a legal document filed yesterday with the High Court.


Robin Williams’ Family Continues to Battle Over Comedian’s Estate One Year After His Death

August 10, 2015

Aug. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of Robin Williams’ death, and ET is looking at the squabble that his family is still engaged in over the late actor’s estate.


NSW Supreme Court considers ‘novel’ case of video will (AUS)

The Sydney Morning Herald

August 10, 2015

A dying woman sat in her kitchen, delivering ”motherly exhortations” and her last will and testament to a video camera.

The 85-year-old widow glanced across the room at one of her daughters, who stood to inherit a larger share of the estate if the “video will” could alter a written will signed just two days earlier.


Bobbi Kristina Brown Death News: Bobby Brown Could Inherit Daughter’s Estate Based on Georgia Law

Latin Post

August 10, 2015

Bobby Brown could legally lay claim to daughter Bobbi Kristina’s estimated $20 million fortune based on state law in Georgia where she resided at the time of her death. reports when Whitney Houston made her young daughter her sole heir, she stipulated that if Bobbi Kristina died unmarried, without children and left no will of her own, that the money would be divided among living relatives. Despite this, the “My Prerogative” singer could have a claim.


Cabell judge, circuit clerk sued in family dispute (WV)

The Herald-Dispatch

August 8, 2015

HUNTINGTON – A 2013 lawsuit initially targeting Cabell Circuit Clerk Jeffrey Hood expanded beyond family this week as attorneys for Hood’s brother also took aim at sitting Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell.


Duke Blazes a New Trail in Estate Law (CA)

August 11, 2015

The California Supreme Court recently issued its long-anticipated decision in Estate of Duke1; the decision immediately changes the way in which all state courts evaluate wills.  At issue was a rule established by the Supreme Court in 1965 that prohibited courts from considering evidence outside the four corners of a will to correct a drafting mistake.2  The court held that an unambiguous will may be reformed if clear and convincing evidence establishes that the will contains a mistake in the expression of the testator’s intent at the time the will was drafted and establishes the testator’s actual specific intent at that time.


GBI looks into allegations of fraud against Rockdale County Probate Court Charles Mays (GA)

August 13, 2015

CONYERS — While Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr. is in the midst of a legal tug of war with a former employee who is seeking an arrest warrant against him, Mays is also being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on allegations of fraud.


Eagle bassist supervised for alleged murder-suicide threat

New York Daily News

July 8, 2015

Legendary Eagles bassist Randy Meisner threatened murder-suicide with an AK-47 and a pile of pills last January and will get round-the-clock supervision for the next few weeks, it was revealed in court Wednesday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham appointed a temporary conservator to oversee the 24-hour management of Meisner’s drug prescriptions and medical state pending a follow-up hearing set for September.


B.B. King heirs asking judge to release blues legend’s medical records

August 14, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Some B.B. King heirs want a judge in Las Vegas to turn over to the family the late blues icon’s medical records.

A lawyer for King’s estate, Brent Bryson, calls a scheduled Friday probate hearing unnecessary, and an attempt by disgruntled family members to get attention.


Motion to suppress evidence in Van Note trial (KS)

Lake News Online

August 13, 2015

Due to a critical ruling last week by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Susan Van Note double-homicide trial scheduled for Aug. 17-28 is set to be rescheduled again.

The original trial scheduled in the first week of June was declared a mistrial after fears of a tainted juror pool were raised during a trial selection recess.


Jimi Hendrix Estate clamps down

August 13, 2015

Experience Hendrix L.L.C., the company founded by the father of Jimi Hendrix, James ‘Al’ Hendrix, to preserve the legacy of Jimi, has won a court ruling to shut down companies trading on the Hendrix name without authorization.

Over decades the Hendrix name has been used for coffee, vodka and an array of other products without permission from the Hendrix family.


Widow battles Wells Fargo to get beneficiary funds from deceased husband’s account (CO)

Fox 31 Denver

August 12, 2015

ARVADA, Colo. — An Arvada widow is in a battle with her deceased husband’s bank to get her beneficiary funds. You won’t believe how long she’s been waiting.

That widow said she was at her wit’s end with trying to get the money that is rightfully hers. She finally contacted the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers for help.


Hearing on B.B. King medical records postponed in Las Vegas (NV)

The News Tribune

August 14, 2015

LAS VEGAS – A hearing in Las Vegas about whether B.B. King’s heirs can have the late blues icon’s medical records has been postponed one week.