Estate of Denial news clips (4/7/16)

Family Court judges not doing enough to prevent guardianship abuse (NV)

KTNV Las Vegas

April 1, 2016

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – Fists flew at today’s Guardianship Reform Commission meeting, but not in the way you might think.

Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears watched as one judge got hot under the collar about how frighteningly easy it is to lose control of your money and freedom in a Clark County guardianship.


Ronnie Corbett sold his mansion ‘to save children from inheritance tax bill’ (UK)

Daily Mail

April 2, 2016

Ronnie Corbett may have sold his £1.3million home to prevent his children from facing a six-figure inheritance tax bill, according to friends. 

The popular entertainer, who died on Thursday aged 85 after losing his secret battle with motor neurone disease, sold his seven-bedroom south London home in 2003 and moved to a nearby bungalow worth £250,000.


Famed Houston attorney O’Quinn finds no peace in death (TX)

Houston Chronicle

April 2, 2016

In life, John O’Quinn was admired and detested with pretty much equal gusto, and few who knew him even slightly chose to straddle that fence. But in death, the towering Houston trial lawyer might have expected a retreat from the squinting glare of controversy, a welcome surcease of the disputes that seemed to follow him like a shadow.

Most of O’Quinn’s 68 years had brought as much struggle as joy. Shouldn’t the great equalizer, if nothing else, carry the promise of peace?


Two wills, two wives: bitter fight over Mike Smith’s $2m estate (AUS)

Sydney Morning Herald

April 3, 2016

Mike and Charmaine Smith loved animals so much, every year they would throw a birthday party – complete with cake – for their pet pig, Charlotte.

They had no children and Charmaine had a terminal lung disease, so their animals – dogs, cats, geese, 120 sheep – provided great comfort.

So much so that in 2011, Mike went to his lawyer and signed a will leaving $NZ50,000 ($65,000) to the SPCA to care for the animals after his death.