Estate of Denial news clips (5/13/16)

COLUMN: What conduct justifies removal of an independent executor? (TX)

The Glen Rose Reporter

May 3, 2016

Jimmy H. and Johnny H. and their father, Wally, operated Triple H Farms as a partnership for 15 years. When Wally died, the brothers dissolved the partnership, but Jimmy H. and Johnny H. owned the Triple H property 50/50 as co-tenants. Jimmy H. died 5 years later and Johnny H. was appointed his independent executor. Johnny H. sold the land and split the proceeds 50/50 with Jimmy’s widow, Sandi.

Sandi protested that because Jimmy H. had made improvements to the land, she should get 63% and Johnny H. should get 37%. Sandi also sought to remove Johnny H. as the executor of the estate because he had divided the property without giving her credit for the improvements, had refused to allow her children access to the land and had mismanaged the estate by wasting estate assets through incurring excessive administration expenses.


What Is a Conservatorship?

The New York Times

May 4, 2016

What is a conservatorship?

When someone is thought to be unable to care for himself or herself, an adult with a relationship to the individual, perhaps a spouse or other relative, may petition a county probate court for control over his or her affairs via a conservatorship. (In some states, it is known as a guardianship.) This can include control over his or her personal needs (physical health, food, shelter), financial affairs or both.


Britney Spears’ Father Makes $130000 a Year as Her Conservator and More Surprises About Her About Her Conservatorship

Us Weekly

May 4, 2016

A new piece by The New York Times, published on Wednesday, May 4, explores the current intricacies of Spears’ legal conservatorship, which has been in effect since 2008, following the highly publicized breakdown of the pop icon.

Spears, 34, who entered show business at the tender age of 12 as a cast member of Disney’s The All-New Mickey Mouse Club and shot to superstardom at 17 with the release of her debut album, …Baby One More Time, started to exhibit bizarre behavior in 2007, which included an impromptu head-shaving and a violent attack on a paparazzi S.U.V. with an umbrella. Antics such as these — in the midst of a painful divorce and custody battle over her sons with now-ex husband Kevin Federline — were reportedly fueled by substance abuse and an undisclosed mental illness.


Onosko: Portsmouth inheritances should be delayed (NH)

May 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH — Police Commissioner Joe Onosko filed a court motion Wednesday asking a judge to approve disbursement of inheritances to all beneficiaries of the late Geraldine Webber, with the exception of the city police and fire departments.

Onosko’s new court motion was filed on behalf of the Police Commission and states it is intended to clarify its April 5 court filing that seeks to delay settlement of Webber’s estate. The delay would allow the commission 30 days to review $579,000 in legal bills submitted by attorney David Eby for his work on the case, Onosko wrote.


Britney Spears, Joni Mitchell & 5 More Entertainers Once Ruled by a Conservatorship


May 5, 2016

A New York Times story published Wednesday offered an illuminating look at Britney Spears‘ now eight-years-long conservatorship. Mandated by a California judge in February 2008, following a public meltdown that resulted in the singer’s hospitalization, Spears’ father Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet were appointed responsible parties for the pop star.

A conservatorship typically is enacted when another adult cannot care for themselves and their finances, and many entertainers have found themselves in similar predicaments to Spears’.