Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/16/15)

Widow of Robin Williams holding heirlooms hostage while looking to boost inheritance, lawyers for comedian’s children say

New York Daily News

August 19, 2015

More than a year after Robin Williams’ death, his widow is still holding family heirlooms hostage and unfairly seeking to boost her inheritance, lawyers for the tragic comedian’s three kids claim.


Nevada’s top judge questions guardianship pay rates

Las Vegas Review Journal

August 17, 2015

Nevada’s top judge wants to know why guardians in Las Vegas are paid significantly more than their counterparts in other parts of Nevada and elsewhere.

During Monday’s meeting of the Nevada Supreme Court Commission to Study the Administration of Guardianships in Nevada’s Courts, Chief Justice James Hardesty said the current laws that govern the procedure of payments to guardians are “a bit of an untethered process.”


Fired Sgt. Goodwin moving through grievance process (NH)

August 17, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — While his contested $2.7 million inheritance is stalled in a probate court, former police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin has exhausted an internal process to grieve his June firing and is taking the next step through a professional arbitrator.


Woman sues mother over inheritance after keeping father’s sexual abuse secret (AUS)

The Age

August 18, 2015

A mother failed to keep a promise to give her daughter an equal share of her $6 million estate after she had agreed not to tell anyone her father was sexually abusing her, a court has heard.


Robin Williams’ children and widow in stalemate over comedian’s estate

Los Angeles Times

August 19, 2015

Talks over Robin Williams’ estate are at a stalemate, with his widow and adult children unable to reach an agreement, court records show.


Couple liberated from guardianship system (NV)

KTNV-Las Vegas

August 19, 2015

Strong words today from a court comissioner who’s been accused of rubber-stamping wrongdoing. Now, it seems the tide is turning in favor of local families. Contact 13 was in the courtroom this morning as one family’s loved ones were liberated from Clark County’s controversial guardianship system.


New allegations about Belinky and Cafaro in unsealed affidavits (OH)

August 19, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Recently unsealed affidavits show convicted ex-Mahoning county probate court judge Mark Belinky admitted to additional crimes.


Boggs Estate Battles Woman Claiming Romantic Relationship (MD)

The National Law Journal

August 20, 2015

The estate of Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. is locked in a legal battle with a woman who says she had a romantic and business relationship with the late super-lobbyist, the former head of Patton Boggs.


Portsmouth officer to contest firing after inheritance scandal (NH)

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 19, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — A police sergeant who was terminated after an independent investigation into how he became the main beneficiary of a $2.7 million estate of an elderly woman is contesting his firing through arbitration.


Holland & Knight Prevails in Contest Against Mickey Rooney’s Will

PR Newswire

August 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Lawyers from Holland & Knight LLP have successfully obtained admission of Mickey Rooney’s last will to probate over a challenge filed by seven of his eight natural children.  Mr. Rooney had entrusted the protection of his legacy to Michael Augustine, who served as Mr. Rooney’s conservator during the last four years of his life, rather than to any of his biological children.


Shari-lea Hitchcock sued for legal fees from Pratt case (AUS)

The Australian

August 22, 2015

Only weeks after Ms Hitchcock settled her multi-million-dollar claim against the Pratt estate, she is being sued for refusing to pay her legal bill.


Bid by B.B. King’s daughter to get medical records denied

The Charlotte Observer

August 21, 2015

LAS VEGAS – A probate court commissioner in Las Vegas denied a bid Friday by one of B.B. King’s adult daughters to obtain the late blues icon’s medical records from an executor who she alleges mishandled her father’s finances and health before he died.


Former Portsmouth officer loses woman’s inheritance in court ruling (NH)

August 21, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. —Neighbors of a Portsmouth woman who died in 2012 said they plan to have a party in her honor now that a probate judge has ruled that a former police officer will not inherit her $2 million estate.


Belinky spit hook on a slew of serious criminal charges (OH)

The Vindicator

August 21, 2015

Mark Belinky, disgraced former Mahoning County Probate Court judge, cut a deal last year to plead guilty to tampering with records, but how sweet the deal was didn’t become public until two days ago.


Inheritance lost: Son spends estate money before nephew can get his share (NZ)

August 20, 2015

An elderly man was made a “pauper” during his lifetime, as his son spent his money and deprived a teenage nephew of his half-share, a judge says.


Objections to Rooney’s will dropped, administrator approved

Tulsa World

August 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has accepted Mickey Rooney’s will and his chosen estate administrator after several of the actor’s children dropped their objections.