Estate of Denial news clips (3/30/16)

Senate passes Valesky-sponsored elder financial abuse legislation (NY)

Madison County Courier

March 25, 2016

Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate on March 22. The bill would authorize banks to refuse any transaction of moneys if a banking institution, social services official, or law enforcement agency reasonably believes that financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult is occurring.

Persons over the age of 65 are the fastest growing segment of the American population. While senior citizens constituted only 4% of the total population in 1900, by 1994 the proportion of seniors in the united States had grown to 12.5%. By 2050 almost 25% of all Americans will be over age 65.


Detective files defamation suit over elder-abuse accusation (OR)

The Seattle Times

March 25, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A retired police detective in Oregon has filed a defamation lawsuit against the daughter of a man with dementia who accused the detective of exploiting her father by marrying him.

Susan Campbell Calzaretta filed the lawsuit Thursday, contending Diane Miller and her lawyer, Tara Lawrence, falsely accused her of committing financial elder abuse and damaged her reputation.


Rosenbach continues feud with Sendak estate in court (PA)

March 25, 2016

More than a year into the lawsuit it filed over Maurice Sendak’s will, the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has asked a Connecticut judge to remove the executors of the author-illustrator’s estate.

Motivated by “financial self-interest,” Sendak’s executors have refused to carry out his wish to leave millions of dollars’ worth of books to the Rosenbach, the Philadelphia museum and library asserts in a motion filed in Northern Fairfield County Probate Court.