Probate abuse clips from (10/16/15)

‘Mr. Holmes’ Copyright Lawsuit Settled


October 9, 2015

The estate of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle has reached a settlement with the makers of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie “Mr. Holmes,” which the estate claimed infringed on stories that still remain under copyright.


Bank of America Settles Rothstein Lawsuit Days Before Trial was to Begin (FL)

Daily Business Review

October 9, 2015

Bank of America has settled a lawsuit filed by investors in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme who claimed the bank knew about the fraud.

The confidential settlement was announced in Broward Circuit Court on Wednesday but has not been signed by the parties. The announcement came with a six-week trial scheduled to start Monday.


California’s Governor Brown Strikes Another Blow Against the Vulnerable

New Eastern Outlook

October 10, 2015

The Governor of the most populous state in the United States has signed into law a bill permitting physician assisted suicide.

The End of Life Options Act, which failed four times in committee, was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 5. In his signing message, Brown made a number of gaffes, revealing he did not understand the content of the bill, the legal status of suicide or even the accumulation of evidence revealing abuse in other venues which have approved assisted suicide.


Jimi Hendrix Family Suing Shop Owner for Guitar

The Hollywood Reporter

October 12, 2015

The estate of Jimi Hendrix is suing a Tucson man for a guitar once owned by the legendary guitarist.

The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson reported Sunday that Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that runs Hendrix’s estate, wants a Pima County Superior Court judge to order the guitar returned.


Nick Gordon injected Bobbi Kristina Brown with ‘toxic mixture,’ report says

October 12, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate has slammed Nick Gordon’s attempt to postpone its $40 million wrongful death lawsuit against him, and the court papers obtained by Atlanta’s WSB-TV elaborate on the estate’s take on the death of the Whitney Houston’s only child.

Authorities in Fulton County, Ga., say they know how Brown died, but a court order has prevented the release of that information. But the estate has previously said in court documents Gordon fought with Brown the day she died, gave her a toxic cocktail and then placed her facedown in the tub of water in which he later claimed to have discovered her. The initial filing did not say how Gordon allegedly administered the toxic mixture.


 A Legal Introduction to Guardianship for an Incapacitated Individual

The Huffington Post

October 12, 2015

A guardian may be appointed by a court for an incapacitated individual as defined and procedurally mandated by state statute. A typical statutory definition of “incapacitated person” is one who, because of a physical or mental condition, is substantially unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for himself or herself, to care for the individual’s own physical health, or to manage the individual’s own financial affairs. Unlike a power of attorney voluntarily created by an individual, a guardianship may be involuntarily imposed by a court. This comment provides a brief and incomplete educational view of incapacity guardianship. Issues surrounding minor children are not addressed in this brief comment. Consult experienced medical, legal, and financial professionals in specific situations.


Carlton Fields Seeks $1 Million in Fees in Guardianship Case (FL)

Daily Business Review

October 13, 2015

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt is fighting for more than $1 million in fees and costs for its work in a guardianship case that one attorney called the talk of Miami-Dade’s probate court.

The firm represented Arthur Linde in his bid for emergency guardianship of his 80-year-old father, Barrett Linde, a prominent Washington-area developer. It has petitioned the court for more than $800,000 for about 1,760 hours of work for an average of more than $450 an hour.