Estate of Denial news clips (2/20/17)

Maine court hears oral arguments as justices consider sanctions against former probate judge

Bangor Daily News

February 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine — The state’s highest court heard oral arguments Friday morning as the justices consider issuing a $10,000 fine and barring former York County Probate Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau from sitting on the bench again.

The Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability recommended the sanctions, the harshest the Maine Supreme Judicial Court could hand down short of disbarment, for what it says are five violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.


Van Note defense points finger at man victim foreclosed on as possible killer (MO)

Kansas City Star

February 11, 2017

Defense attorneys at Susan Van Note’s murder trial on Saturday pointed a finger at a man who has since gone missing as the possible killer.

Van Note, a Lee’s Summit lawyer, is charged with a late-night attack that left her millionaire father critically wounded and his longtime girlfriend dead. Her father died four days later from a gunshot to the head after being taken off life support.


More Jackson family drama unfolds after Katherine claims abuse

Page Six

February 12, 2017

The explosive lawsuit brought by Jackson family matriarch Katherine against her nephew is really a desperate money grab by some of Michael Jackson’s siblings, a family insider says.

In court papers filed last week, Katherine Jackson, 86, alleged her nephew and longtime caretaker, Trent Jackson, 52, abused and bullied her while repeatedly breaking into her bedroom, stealing cash and keeping her famous kids away from her.


Lawyers Battle for Control of Late Pop Star Prince’s Estate

Market Watch

February 11, 2017

LOS ANGELES—Two lawyers who have been vying for control over the estate of the late pop star Prince were both denied official roles by a judge last month. But neither man is going anywhere.

Veteran entertainment attorney L. Londell McMillan and CNN political commentator Van Jones were close advisers to Prince at different times in his life. Following the reclusive artist’s drug-overdose death in April, the two have ignited a family feud among his six known heirs—a sister and five half-siblings—over issues including the singer’s legacy, a memorial concert and the lawyers’ own conflicts of interest.


Company wants to void indicted lawyer Robert Graham’s malpractice insurance (NV)

Las Vegas Review-Journal

February 13, 2017

The company that issued a $2 million malpractice insurance policy to indicted probate lawyer Robert Graham wants to void the policy and not pay out hundreds of claims, U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents show.

Lawyers for the Virgina-based Markel Insurance Co. allege in the documents that Graham, 52, lied when he filled out an application for the policy in December 2015 saying he knew of no professional liability claims against him.


Judge urges Lund grocery chain heirs to halt feud (MN)

Minneapolis Star Tribune

February 14, 2017

A five-day trial baring a bitter divide in the Lund supermarket family ended Monday with a judge peeling off philosophical pearls, quoting from the Bible and American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

Hennepin County Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson said she wanted “to leave Ms. [Kim] Lund and Mr. [Tres] Lund and the whole Lund family with some words from the gospel lesson” she heard at church on Sunday. Those words came from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Book of Matthew: “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment,” as the New International Version puts it.