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Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians (FL)

CBS Miami

October 9, 2015

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – A Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors’ assets.

The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee this week approved a bill (SB 232), filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would charge the Department of Elder Affairs with certifying and overseeing professional guardians — and disciplining those who abuse their trust.


Children of Spain’s ‘Red Duchess’ take inheritance fight to court

eNews Channel Africa

October 9, 2015

MADRID – Spain’s “Red Duchess” capped off an unconventional life by marrying a much younger woman just hours before her death in 2008 – and making out her will to her new spouse.

Now Luisa Isabel Alvarez de Toledo’s three children are facing off in court against her former German partner, Liliana Maria Dahlmann, over the inheritance.


Court: Lawyer’s $14M inheritance unethical, not invalid (MI)

Detroit Free Press

October 9, 2015

LANSING — A Troy attorney violated ethical rules when he drafted estate documents for a wealthy client who willed millions to the lawyer and his children, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the will is invalid, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision released today.

The court overturned a lower court ruling that threw out the will, but said the onus is now on attorney Mark Papazian to show he didn’t exert undue influence on his friend and client Robert (Bobby) Mardigian, whose will and trust, drafted by Papazian, left more than $14 million to Papazian and his two children.


Texas Just Did Something Huge for Lesbians That No Other State Has Done


October 7, 2015

A Texas judge signed a judgment recognizing a common law marriage between two women, making them the first state to do so, Pink News reports.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman’s recognition of the eight-year relationship between Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath was a hard-won battle Phrasavath had been fighting for a long time after Powell died last year and did not have a will. Attorney General Ken Paxton previously barred the relationship from being recognized, which banned Phrasavath from receiving any inheritance. Powell’s siblings also tried to exclude her from inheriting any portion of the estate.


Florida woman alleges she was defrauded in Cape wills

October 8, 2015

A Florida woman claims that she was defrauded by her sister in two family wills connected with Cape May County.

Rose T. James, of Boynton Beach, Florida, is suing her sister, Marie Britton, of Wildwood Crest, and borough Solicitor Doreen Corino over allegations of forgery in the wills of James’ mother and aunt in state appellate court.