Estate of Denial news clips (2/26/16)

Heirs accuse Bethalto woman of wrongful property transfer (IL)

Madison County Record

February 23, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – Three heirs of an estate as well as the estate administrator are suing a Belthalto woman, alleging a questionable real estate transaction.

Michelle Chapman, Monica Winstead, Sheila R. Bowen and William Ressler Jr., as administrator of the estate of Frederick Reynolds, filed the lawsuit Feb. 18 in Madison County Circuit Court against Lisa Bricker of Bethalto, alleging unjust enrichment and negligence, plus several other counts.


Seniors Could Get Protections From Guardian Wrongdoing (FL)

CBS Miami

February 23, 2016

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – A bill aimed at better protecting elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians is speeding toward passage in the state Legislature.

The House on Tuesday took up the measure (SB 232), filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and could give final approval as early as Wednesday. Senators this month voted unanimously to approve the measure, after a similar bill died during the chaotic end of the 2015 legislative session.


Tom Benson’s relatives ask state Supreme Court to partially unseal record in mental competency case (TX/LA)

The New Orleans Advocate

February 23, 2016

The estranged relatives of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to unseal some of the court records in a mental competency lawsuit they filed against the family patriarch last year.

In a filing made Friday, attorneys for Benson’s daughter and grandchildren argue that the “blanket seal of the record” originally ordered by Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese violates the public’s right to access court records and keeps the parties involved from being able to speak freely about the dispute.


Tom Benson’s daughter, grandchildren seek to unseal Saints owner’s competency case (TX/LA)

The Times-Picayune

February 24, 2016

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s estranged daughter and grandchildren are pushing to have the 88-year-old’s competency case partially opened to the public, as the family struggles for control over the billionaire’s fortune.

On Monday (Feb. 22), attorneys for Renee Benson and Rita and Ryan LeBlanc filed a petition with the Louisiana Supreme Court, asking that records in the case questioning Tom Benson’s mental competency be partially unsealed without revealing confidential medical information.


Tom Benson found competent; keeps control of Saints, Pelicans (TX/LA)


February 25, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remained in control of both franchises Wednesday after a state appeals court affirmed last year’s ruling that he is mentally competent to run his businesses.

Benson, 88, was sued by his daughter and grandchildren last year after he ousted them as heirs to his businesses and named his wife, Gayle, as his successor. Benson’s daughter and grandchildren claimed that he was in mental and physical decline and that he was being unduly influenced by Gayle, his third wife, whom he married in 2004.