Estate of Denial news clips (4/22/16)

 A Tale of Two Counties (TX)

The Austin Bulldog

March 15, 2016

In the State of Texas in 2013 there were 76,423 divorces involving 59,135 children, according to statistics provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Center for Health Statistics. Some of those divorces resulted in amicable arrangements for child custody in which the parents rose above self-interest and focused on sharing their responsibility to shepherd happy and well-adjusted children into adulthood.

But there is all too much evidence of divorce cases in which the bitterness bestowed by bickering parents pervades every aspect of their children’s lives. In those cases, money may be the least of concerns in the combat for control and custody of children borne out of love and delivered into the war zone of a contentious divorce.


Who has authority over Portsmouth’s Police Department? (NH)

April 18, 2016

PORTSMOUTH — Probate court filings, for a case about a cop’s overturned $2.7 million inheritance, have turned the case into a debate over who has authority over the city’s police department.

The debate is being hashed out in court filings from Police Commissioner Joe Onosko, City Attorney Robert Sullivan and two involved lawyers. One of the lawyers is accusing City Attorney Robert Sullivan of misleading the court.


Portia Scott: Too often, seniors are robbed of their right to vote (FL)


April 18, 2016

Although we’ve heard the candidates for president say some unpredictable things in this weird and wild campaign season, we’re still hearing that familiar warning about “not throwing your vote away.”

But what about those whose right to vote was taken away? Not Florida’s 1.5 million convicted felons, who lose their right to vote even after serving time. Rather, law-abiding citizens — who’ve patriotically exercised this precious right — can find it revoked by Florida’s courts. Too often, it happens to seniors.


Parents Demand Halt to ‘Extortion’ (TX)

The Austin Bulldog

April 18, 2016

Tomorrow morning the Williamson County Commissioners Court is scheduled to hear yet again from the Texas Association for Children and Families(TACF) about alleged corruption. The organization claims that for years a “racketeering enterprise” has been operating right under the noses of family law courts in Williamson County, wrecking the lives of children and parents, and ruining them financially.

The court-appointed professionals named by the TACF as being involved in the alleged scheme who were reached for comment have denied any wrongdoing.

This will be the fourth time representatives of the TACF and parents have appeared in person since last December 1 to complain about alleged injustices and plead for help. Previous appearances have yielded only disclaimers that these problems are beyond the power of the Commissioners Court to remedy.


Shari Redstone’s Power Play that Could Prevent a Paramount Sale

The Hollywood Reporter

April 20, 2016

What, if anything, does Shari Redstone plan to do next in her battle with Viacom chairman Philippe Dauman? It’s an important question because if she has the stomach for battle, she potentially could do a lot.

If the grim, “living ghost” picture of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone’s condition painted by his ex-companion Manuela Herzer is even half true, Shari, 62, potentially could seize control of her father’s media empire by challenging his competence to fulfill any corporate role. In fact, several legal experts agree Shari could launch that challenge and still contend, as she has in litigation initiated by Herzer, that her father is perfectly competent to make personal decisions, such as dropping Herzer as his health-care proxy and excluding her from his will, as he did in 2015. “You can be competent over many transactions but be incompetent to manage complicated things,” says USC law professor Elyn Saks.