Probate abuse clips from (10/25/15)

The Lonely Death of George Bell

The New York Times

October 17, 2015

They found him in the living room, crumpled up on the mottled carpet. The police did. Sniffing a fetid odor, a neighbor had called 911. The apartment was in north-central Queens, in an unassertive building on 79th Street in Jackson Heights.


Thorpe’s Body

Life Of The Law

October 20, 2015

It’s been over 60 years, but Henrietta Massey still remembers Jim Thorpe’s funeral. His first funeral.

“Gosh, it was kind of like a shocking day for me,” said Sandra Massey, a tribal elder with the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma – Jim’s tribe. “I was about maybe 16 or 17 years old, and we had gone to the funeral held at the Ed Mack farm. It was a Sac and Fox ceremonial – a traditional ceremonial.”


After state sold all he had, Rockland man hopes for ‘justice’ (ME)

Bangor Daily News

October 22, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine — William Dean said his head has been in a whirl since the state temporarily became his conservator three years ago and sold off one home, destroyed a second, sold off prized possessions and killed his cat.

Dean, 70, spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the series of events that led to him becoming impoverished because of the actions taken by the state while it controlled his finances for several months starting in the second half of 2012.


How The Death Tax Suffocates Innovation And Prosperity

Investor’s Business Daily

October 22, 2015

In the 1970s, television was a vast wasteland. There were the three major networks, PBS, and a few local stations in larger markets. Limited choice for viewers meant light competition among the networks, so that television was a shadow of its present, high-quality self. Televisions themselves were referred to as “idiot boxes” back then, and this wasn’t entirely a reference to their pre-flat-screen shape. The medium quite simply wasn’t very good.


Benson granddaughter moves to remove herself from estate fight (TX/LA)

San Antonio Express-News

October 22, 2015

Dawn Benson Jones, a grandchild of billionaire Tom Benson, asked a Bexar County probate judge on Thursday to carve out her portion of the Shirley Benson Testamentary Trust to avoid being involved in an upcoming court battle over future control of the trust’s assets.