Estate of Denial news clips (12/13/16)

City lawyer wins civil suit (WV)

The Dominion Post

December 5, 2016

MORGANTOWN — A Morgantown attorney has won a second round in a 7-year-old estate dispute that has divided a local family.

Lawyer Keith Pappas had a count against him dismissed in a Monongalia County Circuit Court suit filed in 2015 by other members of the Scotchel family and estate administrator Larry Starcher, a former state Supreme Court justice.


‘I trusted them fully’: BC man, 92, says of son and daughter who took his millions (CAN)

December 6, 2016

Pete Stoopnikoff, 92, was a self-made millionaire, but now he says he can’t afford to put gas in his car because two of his children took nearly all of his life savings.

He alleges his two oldest children drained his funds from a shared account that was meant to cover his living expenses and duped him into signing over two other multimillion-dollar accounts as well as properties.


Judge names heirs in estate of man killed by police (OK)

The Lawton Constitution

December 7, 2016

TULSA (AP) – A Tulsa County District Court judge has ruled there was no common-law marriage between a man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer and the mother of three of his children, ruling her as unable to inherit his estate.

Monday’s ruling said Frenchel Johnson’s relationship with Terence Crutcher did not meet the state law requirements for common-law marriage, The Tulsa World reported. The judge said Johnson and Crutcher filed taxes individually, held separate bank accounts and did not legally share property or a rental agreement under both of their names.