Estate of Denial news clips (2/14/16)

Doctors Have Key Role in Fate of Sumner Redstone’s Company Stakes, Like Viacom

The Wall Street Journal

February 6, 2016

After barely surviving a Boston hotel fire in 1979, Sumner Redstone was treated for his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital. The media mogul showed his gratitude by donating millions of dollars to its burn unit.


More legal woes for suspended lawyer (MA)

Sentinel & Enterprise

February 10, 2016

FITCHBURG — Local attorney Kristin Brassard, who last month was suspended from practicing law, may now face charges of felony larceny for failing to inform a client of her suspension and continuing to accept payment from him.

Michael Donovan, a Winchendon resident in Probate Court with his ex-wife over custody of their two children, hired Brassard at the end of December. He knew her as an attorney for several years, he said, and reached out to her for a legal opinion on Dec. 24.


Guardianship bill gets unanimous support (FL)

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

February 10, 2016

The Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously backed the expansion of the state’s regulation of guardians who care for frail elders, including allowing the state Department of Elderly Affairs to discipline private guardians who violate care standards.

At the same time, a similar measure cleared its final House committee, meaning the bill is now ready for a floor vote in the House.


Lawyer faces discipline in long-running Parks dispute (MI)

The Detroit News

February 10, 2016

Pontiac — A legal fight continues to fester over the homemade coat Rosa Parks allegedly was wearing when she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus to a white passenger in 1955.

A lawyer in the long-running estate settlement case may face discipline for suggesting the judge presiding over the dispute allowed two close associates to benefit financially from the case. And questions have arisen over whether the garment — which some have valued at up to $1.3 million — even exists.


Deadline extended for defendants to answer cat caretakers’ civil complaint (ME)

Lewiston Sun Journal

February 10, 2016

PARIS — An Oxford County Superior Court justice has granted defendants’ motion for more time to answer a civil complaint seeking to disburse more than $151,000 in cash to the care of the abandoned and unwanted cats of Dixfield.

The defendants in the case are Rumford attorney David Austin, and Gertrude Crosby, Bentley Crosby and Charlotte Mesko, the three trustees for the estate of Barbara Thorpe.


Cleveland apologizes for $500 ambulance bill sent to Tamir Rice’s family (OH)

CBS News

February 11, 2016

CLEVELAND – The Mayor of Cleveland has apologized to the family of Tamir Rice, saying he is sorry for any pain caused by a $500 claim for emergency services sent to the boy’s estate.

Mayor Frank Jackson and other city officials apologized to the family Thursday and told the media that the filing was made to Rice’s medical insurance company as part of a routine procedure, but the bill was not intended to be sent to the Rice family.