Estate of Denial news clips (3/7/16)

Protection for seniors (FL)

WFTV Orlando

March 3, 2016

Charlotte, Florida — State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has carved out a well-deserved reputation as a champion for some of our most vulnerable citizens: foster children and people with disabilities.

To that list she can add at-risk elderly Floridians.

The Legislature recently passed a bill sponsored by Detert that improves the state’s flawed system of oversight of elder guardianship. The measure had overwhelming support in Tallahassee: In both the House and the Senate, only two members dissented. The bill is on the desk of the governor, who is expected to sign it.


Elvis Presley Estate Suffers Setbacks in Royalty Fight

The Hollywood Reporter

March 3, 2016

Elvis Presley Enterprises can’t get a New York judge to order Sony Music to produce more information about the royalties it receives from recordings by the King.

In December, Presley’s estate pushed for accounting records in the midst of a years-long battle happening in Germany. The underlying dispute pertains to the $5.4 million buyout deal that Presley and his manager  ”Colonel” Tom Parker reached with Sony’s RCA back in 1974. Four decades after making the agreement, Presley’s heirs (backed by private equity money) pointed to extensions of the copyright term and sought ”equitable remuneration” under German law from Sony affiliate and RCA successor Arista. For more on the background of the case and the economics at stake, see here.


Belfast lawyer gets 30 months in prison for bilking elderly clients (ME)

Bangor Daily News

March 4, 2016

BELFAST, Maine — A Belfast lawyer was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison for stealing nearly $500,000 from two elderly clients.

In one case, William L. Dawson Jr. placed an 85-year-old Belfast resident in a nursing home for four years while he looted her bank accounts, according to court records.


Judge Seals Harper Lee’s Will From Public’s Scrutiny (AL)

New York Times

March 4, 2016

MONROEVILLE, Ala. — In death, as in life, Harper Lee appears to have opted for privacy, as a lawyer for the estate of the “To Kill a Mockingbird” author asked this week that her will be sealed from the public.

A judge in Monroe County — the section of Alabama where Ms. Lee was raised, and where she died last month at the age of 89 — agreed to seal the will in a decision made on Monday and released on Friday by the probate court.