Estate of Denial news clips (10/10/16)

A preventable conflict brewing within county (TX)

San Antonio Express-News

September 30, 2016

Taxpayers are facing hefty legal bills if the probate court judges decide to take Bexar County commissioners to court over jurisdiction of civil commitment cases involving mentally ill people.

The brouhaha begin midsummer when Republican Probate Court 1 Judge Kelly Cross fired Democrat Oscar Kazen from his associate judge post and replaced him with her staff attorney, Republican Art Rossi.


Chairman Kevin Brady: Hillary Clinton’s ‘Death Tax’ Would Confiscate Farms, Businesses

Breitbart News

September 30, 2016

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee told Breitbart News that he is committed to abolish permanently the federal tax on the property of the deceased, or the ‘Death Tax.’

“It’s just wrong to work your whole life to build up a nest egg, build your own business–you pass away and Uncle Sam can swoop in and take away nearly half of everything you’ve earned,” because of the ‘Death Tax,’ said Rep. Kevin P. Brady (R.-Texas). “Can you imagine that? Having to sell off most of your land, just to keep it from the government, just to save the house,” he said.


Nevada court panel calls for guardianship overhaul that some say harms disabled, elderly


October 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has joined calls for lawmakers to overhaul the state’s troubled guardianship program that critics say victimizes some of the disabled and elderly people it was set up to help.

Appointing lawyers to represent those whose assets and affairs are being managed tops a list of recommendations announced this week by a commission that spent 15 months studying the program. Rules currently don’t allow legal representation.


Contentious correspondence between attorneys preceded Terence Crutcher probate hearing (OK)

Tulsa World

October 1, 2016

Before attorneys for Terence Crutcher’s family and a woman who says she was his common-law wife had a tense probate court appearance Friday morning, documents obtained by the Tulsa World reveal that they spent about a week exchanging increasingly acrimonious correspondence.

In what appears to be the first written communication after a Sept. 23 probate hearing, attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons asked Dan Smolen, who represents Frenchel Johnson, not to speak to Crutcher’s parents, his twin sister or his children. Solomon-Simmons said in the letter that Crutcher’s father had signed an agreement for his firm to represent him and his son’s children.