Estate of Denial news clips (9/21/15 – 9/23/15)

Judge Reva G. Goetz Retires From Superior Court Bench (CA)

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

September 22, 2015

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva G. Goetz retired yesterday.

A court official said Goetz, 61, had officially departed the bench after having taken leave since last month.


Cop won’t appeal lost $2 million inheritance (NH)

Sea Coast Online

September 21, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — There’s about $2 million left in the estate of the late Geraldine Webber, and fired police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin will not appeal his loss of most of it, according to court testimony on Monday.


MS Supreme Court Launches Project to Reform Guardianship Conservatorship Laws

September 21, 2015

Professionals in the medical, mental health, legal and social services fields statewide are meeting at the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson. They’re concerned about the state’s guardianship and conservatorship laws for vulnerable adults and working to develop solutions. Ta’Shia Gordon, with the Court’s Administrative Office, coordinated the effort. She says the process should be more user-friendly. The attorney had to help her family after Gordon’s father had a stroke.


West Newton woman charged in theft of dad’s estate (PA)


September 21, 2015

Westmoreland County detectives have charged a West Newton woman with trying to take her sister’s share of their dead father’s estate.

Darci Randall, 44, in August allegedly told the county’s Register of Wills office that she was the sole heir to her father, Donald Bretzel, when filing to become administrator of his estate. She wrote a check for $245.50 to cover the office’s fees, but the check bounced, according to the criminal complaint.


Is Stevie Wonder Cheating a Dead Man?

The Daily Beast

September 21, 2015

Stevie Wonder is robbing a widow, according to said widow.

Susan Strack has hauled the superstar to a Nevada federal court to recoup $7 million cash, “plus interest,” that she says is hers because of a contractual agreement between Wonder and her late husband Johanan Vigoda to pay 6 percent of Wonder’s royalties to Vigoda’s heirs forever.


Marilyn Monroe Estate Allowed to Bring Trademark Claims Against Merchandiser

The Hollywood Reporter

September 22, 2015

The death of Marilyn Monroe has been greatly exaggerated.

Since the actress died in 1962, her heirs have been quite litigious against those looking to capitalize on her fame. The aggressive posture was seemingly undercut in 2012 when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that her estate couldn’t take advantage of California’s post-mortem publicity rights. Despite this, the estate has another way to protect her name, image and likeness.


‘Trial evidence was compelling’: Prosecutor in Nina Wang fake will case dismisses Hong Kong feng shui master’s appeal

South China Morning Post

September 22, 2015

The evidence that convicted a former feng shui master of using a fake will to claim a billionaire’s estate was “so compelling”, it would be futile to attack the credibility of one witness, a prosecutor from the trial told the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.


Mother, father battle over control of Sam DuBose estate (OH)

The Enquirer

September 16, 2015

A battle is underway over control of Sam DuBose’s estate.

An attorney acting in place of the shooting victim’s father has challenged DuBose’s mother’s application to oversee the estate’s interests.


Bobbi Kristina Brown: The Houstons and the Browns Continue to Battle for $20 Million Fortune Left by Bobbi Kristina and Whitney Houston

Venture Capital Post

September 22, 2015

After Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death, the next big question is where her $20 million inheritance go? It has been reported that it will definitely go to the Houstons. However, there have been many loops in the process as it will not be easy for them to receive the money. There are the Browns, and Nick Gordon, who are also resurfacing to claim the estate.


Missing A Signature; Minneapolis Man’s Last Will Invalidated (MN)

CBS Minnesota

September 22, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Writing a will before you die is a topic that can be tough to even think about. But one family learned the hard way how important it is to do it the right way.

When Jill Widman’s cousin died this year, she discovered one signature kept his hand-written will from being followed.