Estate of Denial news clips (9/17/15 – 9/20/15)

Battle over Sam DuBose’s estate in court (OH)

WKRC Cincinnati

September 17, 2015

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) — Family members of the man, who was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer, are at odds over who will control what might turn out to be a multi-million dollar settlement. Both sides were in probate court on September 16, arguing over who will administer the estate of Sam DuBose.

Local 12 doesn’t normally cover hearings in probate court but this one is different.


Texas is the first state to recognize supported decision-making as alternative to guardianship

September 15, 2015

Effective Sept. 1, 2015, there are significant changes to Texas Guardianship laws. For the first time, probate courts must consider alternatives to guardianship, and supports and services available to the proposed ward before a guardianship is created. Two new alternatives to appointing a guardian now exist: Designation of Guardian Before the Need Arises and Alternate Forms of Decision-Making Based on Person-Centered Planning; and Supported Decision Making Agreement. Tex. Est. Code §§ 1002.0015 & 1357.001.


Tycoon’s children claim D-list actress, 49, conned octogenarian husband into signing over his $800 MILLION estate before his death – while she was still married to another man (NV)

Daily Mail

September 15, 2015

Little-known actress Meadow Williams manipulated her second husband 30 years into signing over nearly the entirety of his $800million estate to her while still being married to her first husband, according to a lawsuit filed by the late businessman’s family.


Family feuds prompt rapid escalation in will disputes (UK)

Financial Times

September 15, 2015

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Family feuds over divisive legacies have sent the number of will disputes soaring, with lawyers attributing the rise to surging property prices and second marriages.

According to Ministry of Justice figures, the High Court heard 178 probate disputes in 2014, almost double the total of 97 in 2013, and the highest level in England and Wales since 2007.


EXCLUSIVE: Families with wrongful death suits against Brooklyn nursing home try to stop owner’s profit plans (NY)

New York Daily News

September 17, 2015

The attorney who represents several families with pending wrongful death lawsuits against a negligent Brooklyn nursing home wants to stop the owner’s plans to profit from a new property, according to court documents.


Is girl, 17, late billionaire Kerkorian’s daughter? Is $7M inheritance not enough? Court names attorney (CA)

September 17, 2015

A judge named an attorney as a court-appointed advocate for a 17-year-old girl who says she is the biological daughter of the late casino tycoon Kirk Kerkorian.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maria Stratton appointed Michael Augustine on Sept. 10 to serve as Kira Kerkorian’s “guardian ad litem” and protect her interests while she decides whether to contest the billionaire’s will.


Son sues his mom over Lake Norman estate proceeds (NC)

The Charlotte Observer

September 17, 2015

The 19-year-old heir to a Lake Norman estate has sued his mother and a disbarred lawyer, accusing them of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars his late father left for him.


Stevie Wonder files lawsuit claiming late lawyer took advantage of his blindness as he seeks to end ‘forever’ royalty payments

Daily Mail

September 18, 2015

Stevie Wonder filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming his lawyer who died in 2011 duped him into signing a ‘forever’ royalties contract.


Scaife’s mental state defended in signing of will (PA)


September 17, 2015

Dick Scaife, the Tribune-Review’s late publisher, had control of his mental faculties but had lost some motor skills when he asked an aide to steady his hand while he signed his will, the former aide said in court filings Thursday in Westmoreland County Court.