Estate of Denial news clips (9/24/15 – 9/27/15)

Attorney Ordered to Pay Back Funds to Sullivan Estate (TX)

San Angelo LIVE!

September 24, 2015

Ten lawyers—one of them present by telephone—converged in a small Tom Green County courtroom before Judge Brock Jones on Sept. 14 to discuss taking up sanctions against attorney John Young for violating a court order to cease using funds from the estate of deceased multi-millionaire John Edward Sullivan.


Attorney: Firefighter Allegedly Took $80K (CT)

New Haven Independent

September 24, 2015

Some $80,000 of a 94-year-old woman’s money went unaccounted for after a city firefighter got control of her finances, the woman’s attorney said Thursday.


Discipline Board Must Examine Whether Attorneys’ Representation of Both Mother and Son Was a Conflict (DC)

Elder Law Answers

September 24, 2015

A District of Columbia appeals court rules that the attorney disciplinary board needs to investigate whether attorneys who represented both a son and mother in two disputes regarding the mother’s trust needed informed consent even though the board concluded that the son’s and mother’s interest were aligned. In Re: Szymkowicz (D.C. Ct. App., No. 14-BG-0884, Sept. 17, 2015).


Davidson estate sues Deloitte Tax over $2.7B IRS bill (MI)

The Detroit News

September 24, 2015

The estate of billionaire and former Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson is suing an international company’s tax firm over a recommended plan lawyers claim led to an Internal Revenue Service bill that topped $2.7 billion.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in New York state’s Supreme Court, Deloitte Tax LLP created “a reckless and grossly negligent estate and tax plan” for Davidson, who died in 2009 at age 86.


Dispute over Ernie Banks estate continues (IL)


September 25, 2015

CHICAGO (WLS) — Efforts to avert more legal action between the estranged wife and caretaker for the late Ernie Banks failed Friday as both sides failed to agree on a settlement.


S.C. Declines to Stop Proceedings Against ‘Vexatious’ Valley Lawyer (CA)

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

September 25, 2015

The California Supreme Court has declined to dismiss State Bar disciplinary proceedings against a Northridge attorney accused of filing 11 separate frivolous appeals in connection with a dispute over a family trust, among other things.


Lawyer who avoided jail time by paying restitution reportedly steals more money a year later (NY)

ABA Journal

September 25, 2015

Michael Lippman, a suburban New York City lawyer, was recently charged with stealing more than $1.4 million from clients. The accusation comes a year after he settled felony grand larceny charges, stemming from allegations that as an attorney in the Bronx Public Administrator’s Office he stole more than $1.5 million from estates he settled.


Homeless Man Says He’s Been Waiting Three Years to Get $100,000 Inheritance (NY)

DNA Info

September 25, 2015

UPPER WEST SIDE — A homeless man has been desperately waiting for more than three years to receive a $100,000 inheritance that he hopes will put a roof back over his head, court papers charge.