Probate abuse clips from (11/12/15)

Texas Court Won’t Hear O’Quinn Silica Malpractice Row

November 5, 2015

Law360, New York (November 5, 2015, 10:18 PM ET) — A Texas appeals court tossed as unripe Thursday a challenge to a ruling against 263 former O’Quinn Law Firm clients whose claims were severed from a suit accusing the firm of mishandling their litigation over occupational silica exposure.

The suit, filed in Harris County probate court, claims O’Quinn committed legal malpractice by mishandling claims and botching settlements with distributors and manufacturers of silica or protective gear, on behalf of hundreds of workers allegedly injured from exposure to silica products.


Austrian Woman Destroys Million Dollar Fortune Rather Than Pay Out Heirs

November 7, 2015

Remember all those times your grandmother begged you to come visit? Apparently, some grandchildren in Austria didn’t visit… Whatever the reason, an Austrian grandmother went to great lengths to keep her family from getting her money, going so far as shredding €950,000 ($1,020,490 U.S.) just before she died. Not content to stop there, she also cut up her savings accounts books. Reportedly, the shredded bits were found on her bed at the nursing home just before her death.


Judge denied big pay raise retaliated by causing backlog, York County officials say (ME)

Portland Press Herald

November 9, 2015

An elected York County probate judge is being accused of creating an artificial backlog of cases in retaliation for not getting the 85 percent to 147 percent salary increase he wanted.

The York County Commissioners sent a letter to Probate Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau last week stating that when they refused in April to boost his pay from $48,499 to $90,000 or $120,000, as he asked, the judge reacted by immediately imposing scheduling delays in estate, adoptions and name change cases, bringing some probate work to a halt.


This Milwaukee mystery man spent decades refusing to claim $766,618 — here’s why (WI)

November 9, 2015

A Milwaukee man won his decades-long fight to avoid claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to him.

Gene Sehrt died Sept. 5 at age 77, leaving behind a likely complicated process for dispersing the unclaimed $766,681 now that his will has been filed in probate court, reported the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.