Probate abuse clips from (11/10/15)

November 4, 2015State attorney disciplinary officials are seeking an interim suspension for a Southbury attorney, claiming he collected exorbitant fees of more than $3 million while acting as executor and trustee for a now deceased client’s estate.

The application for order of interim suspension was filed against attorney Robert J. Barry on Nov. 3 in Superior Court in Waterbury. In the application, Assistant Chief Disciplinary Counsel Desi Imetovski asserts Barry “poses a substantial threat of irreparable harm to his current and prospective clients.” The application notes he has about 70 pending cases in the seven-town probate court district that includes Southbury. “Respondent continues to represent numerous individuals in trusts and estates with access to untold monies,” the application states.


Phone records are now the focus in Van Note double murder case (KS)

The Kansas City Star

November 4, 2015


The fight is on over whether cellphone records that allegedly put a Lee’s Summit lawyer near the grisly, late-night attack of her millionaire father and his girlfriend can be used at her murder trial.

The evidence is considered key in the state’s case against Susan Van Note, who is accused of killing William Van Note, 67, and Sharon Dickson, 59, on Oct. 2, 2010, at her father’s large waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Former Dorchester man charged with stealing from sale of woman’s home (MA)

November 5, 2015

MATTAPAN, Mass. (WHDH) – A former Dorchester man has been charged after after stealing more than $117,000 in profits from the fraudulent sale of a woman’s Mattapan home. He then drove her to a Boston homeless shelter.

Kyle Pam, 27, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of larceny over $250 from an elderly person, perjury, embezzlement by a fiduciary, and money laundering.