Estate of Denial news clips (10/31/16)

Abolish associate judgeship (TX)

San Antonio Express-News

October 22, 2016

When it comes to the Bexar County judiciary, party affiliation plays more of a role in re-election than the quality of service. It is costing taxpayers.

Since 2007, Bexar County taxpayers have been footing the cost of an appointed associate judge because Probate Court No. 2 Judge Tom Rickhoff decided he was not up to performing some of the duties that have been part of his elected office.


A brownstone and the bitter fight to inherit it (NY)

The New York Times

October 23, 2016

Bill Cornwell and Tom Doyle lived in a brownstone in the West Village for over five decades. They were artists, neighborhood fixtures and committed partners. Their enduring love never seemed to them to need codification — not to mention that for most of their relationship, gay marriage was illegal.

Mr. Cornwell died two years ago at age 88. Now, his will, in which he bequeathed the small apartment building to Mr. Doyle, is in dispute, leaving his partner with no clear claim to his home of 55 years. The property, on Horatio Street, is an extremely valuable asset, and several of Mr. Cornwell’s nieces and nephews have claimed it as their inheritance, rejecting the notion that their uncle wanted it to go to Mr. Doyle. They put the building up for sale, and it is now under contract — for over $7 million.


Prince estate judge rejects claims from would-be heirs

USA Today

October 26, 2016

CHASKA, Minn. — A Minnesota judge says a woman and girl who claim to be Prince’s niece and grandniece will not be considered heirs of his multi-million-dollar estate.

Judge Kevin Eide ruled Wednesday that Brianna Nelson and her teen-age niece, Victoria Nelson, are excluded as Prince’s heirs as a matter of Minnesota parentage and inheritance laws.