Estate of Denial news clips (12/20/15 – 12/26/15)

Picture of innocence: Baby orphaned by terrorists at center of custody battle (CA)

Fox News

December 8, 2015

Suspicion surrounds the family of the jihadist couple who last week massacred 14 people in a terror attack at a Southern California office party — but there is one family member whose innocence is absolute: the couple’s 6-month old girl, left orphaned by her murderous parents, and whose fate will be decided by Family Court.

The girl, whose name is not being released, is in the custody of San Bernardino County Child Protective Services, blissfully unaware of the carnage and misery wrought by her parents, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, last Wednesday. Although experts predicted the baby will not be raised by blood relatives, her aunt and uncle moved to gain custody at a Family Court hearing Monday.


Long-Term Care Insurance Can Baffle, With Complex Policies and Costs

The New York Times

December 18, 2015

INSURING for long-term care is a lot like trying to cover the future financial impact of climate change. It’s a universal problem that looms large, is hard to predict and will be costly to mitigate.

Few have prepared for this gathering storm. Private long-term care insurance is available, of course, to help pay for expensive services if you are mentally or physically incapacitated late in life.


Spain’s ‘Red Duchess’ children win €33m inheritance

The Telegraph

December 18, 2015

The three children of a Spanish aristocrat will inherit €33 million (£24 million) following a lengthy legal battle, after their mother married her lesbian lover on her deathbed and changed her will.

Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, the 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia, married her partner Liliana Dahlmann hours before her death in 2008, leaving the family’s palatial seat and a historical archive to a foundation run by her widow.


Texas hospital may cease treatment for sick man

Fox News

December 19, 2015

Video shows Chris Dunn begging to stay alive.


Ex-Lawyer, Accused Of $47,746 Theft From Disabled Man, Seeks ‘Accelerated Rehabilitation’ (CT)

Hartford Courant

December 20, 2015

Former lawyer Michael Schless — charged Dec. 8 with first-degree larceny after allegedly stealing $47,746 from a disabled man whose finances he managed for many years — is being considered for the state’s “accelerated rehabilitation” program, which avoids criminal convictions for first-time offenders and wipes their records clean.

State statutes make accelerated rehabilitation available to those whose first-time “crimes or violations are not of a serious nature.”


Redstone’s Ex-Girlfriend Loses Again in Mental Health Fight

Bloomberg Business

December 21, 2015

Sumner Redstone again defeated an attempt by a former girlfriend to have him interviewed by her lawyers to show that the media billionaire is incompetent to make decisions about his affairs.

A California probate court judge on Monday blocked for now a renewed request by Manuela Herzer to make Redstone, 92, give a deposition while she seeks permission to reinstall herself as his proxy if he can no longer make his own medical decisions. Judge David Cowan said he’d allow limited questioning of Redstone’s doctors before he decides whether to dismiss Herzer’s lawsuit.


Maine Voices: Maine’s entire court system, not just probate, needs an impartial review

Portland Press Herald

December 21, 2015

KENNEBUNKPORT — Many Mainers have been troubled by recent public reports of questionable practices in York County Probate Court. Ethical allegations have been made about the county’s probate judge, and most informed citizens would like to see appropriate attention to the problem.

We’d start by asking: Is it a systemic problem indigenous to the current structure and modus operandi of all Maine probate courts, or is it a failure of “judicial oversight” – policing judges? Many citizens outside the legal system would ask: Could there have been any judicial oversight in this situation?


Elder law attorney rips off seniors

December 21, 2015

Francis and Susan McSpedon trusted Cape Coral attorney William Edy. So did Trudy and Edward Cleary. And even The News-Press trusted him. For years he wrote a regular column on elder law and as late as last July wrote a guest editorial, ironically about a crackdown by the State Attorney on financial abuse of the elderly.

What’s so ironic about that, you might ask?

Well, on Oct. 21 Edy was arrested for second degree grand theft from the McSpedons and on Dec. 10, the Supreme Court of Florida permanently disbarred Edy, giving him 30 days to, “close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients.”


Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Who’s On First’ Doesn’t Get Past First Base


December 22, 2015

Earlier this year, we wrote about (yet another) ridiculous copyright lawsuit where the heirs of famous people think they must own something just because everything must be “owned.” In this case, it was the heirs of Abbott & Costello, claiming copyright infringement because a Broadway play, Hand of God, uses a bit of the famed “Who’s On First?” routine in the play. You probably know “Who’s On First?” already, right?

The history of this routine is incredibly complicated. It’s arguable as to whether or not Abbott & Costello came up with it in the first place. Going back to the Vaudeville days, jokes like this got passed around over and over again, with each act putting its own spin on it, or just mimicking others. Abbott even performed a version of it before he teamed up with Costello. Some have long argued that the entire bit is clearly in the public domain.


Lawfirms accused, sued for overbilling area family (CT)

December 25, 2015

BRIDGEPORT — Two of the state’s most prestigious law firms are being sued, accused of overbilling a Wilton client in a medical malpractice suit that resulted in the largest settlement in state history.

Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder of Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, and Day Pitney, which has offices throughout the state including New Haven, Stamford and Greenwich, along with several of their attorneys are named as defendants in a lawsuit brought by a team of lawyers representing the D’Attilo family.