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Probate case hangs over lawyer’s fraud (VT)

BurlingtonFreePress.com

November 21, 2016

Relatives of a deceased woman who left behind a trust for her assets tried unsuccessfully for a decade to have a prominent local lawyer removed as trustee, before the attorney eventually was accused of improperly taking money from the fund, documents show.

Each time the family tried, then-Probate Court Judge Susan Fowler allowed lawyer William O’Brien, 60, of Winooski to remain in charge of the Thelma and Joseph Provost Trust, according to court documents in the matter.

 

Executor and surviving spouse potentially at odds (TX)

The Glen Rose Reporter

November 21, 2016

Deek Jones died with a will naming Davis, his only son by a previous marriage, rather than naming his surviving spouse, Inez, as Executor. Although Inez and Deek had never been openly hostile to each other, neither had they been close. Inez feared that Davis had resented his father’s remarrying after Davis’ mother’s death.

Inez was the primary beneficiary under the will, but Davis was entitled to a fourth of the estate assets. Davis was uncertain of his duties as Executor and anxious that Inez might not be forthcoming in disclosing all Deek’s property. Inez was concerned that Davis, might exert his control as Executor to her disadvantage. She hired attorney A. Hamilton to represent her.

 

Rose Pak’s body on ice while sisters squabble over estate (CA)

SFGate

November 22, 2016

An internecine fight has erupted over the estate and remains of Rose Pak, the Chinatown power broker and community leader who died in September.

Pak’s two surviving sisters, Teresa Wang and Joanna Pak Kish, have retained attorneys in their fight over control of Pak’s estate, which is worth at least $550,000, according to court documents.

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