Estate of Denial news clips (3/10/17)

New death tax confirmed: probate fees of up to £20000 will apply from May (UK)

March 1, 2017

The Government has ignored overwhelming opposition and pushed ahead the introduction of a dramatic rise in probate fees, taking effect from May 2017.

In the most extreme cases, estates worth £2m or more will have to pay £20,000 to execute the wishes of the deceased’s will.


Rich Meaney ran Hacienda on a forged signature and stiffed his chef, court documents say (CA)

The Desert Sun

March 1, 2017

Richard Meaney was angry. It was a busy Friday night at his new restaurant, Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, and the police had set up a DUI checkpoint on the street out front. Hacienda, opened with the help of taxpayer money, was meant to be Palm Springs’ newest pool party spot, but a few cops were ruining the fun.

“They’re trying to shut down my business,” Meaney complained, before shouting at police officers in the street, according to witnesses. He then turned his scorn on Paul Lewin, a young city councilman who was there that June night in 2014. Meaney demanded Lewin tell the police to relocate. Lewin refused and left.


James Brown suit could change SC freedom of information laws


March 2, 2017

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — All week long we’ve been bringing you investigative reports into discipline issues at local schools.

We’re able to do that because of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guaranteeing that the public — not just journalists — can access public information. It’s how we’ve reported on stories like the Marshall Square fire, the dashcam video in the North Augusta officer-involved shooting that took the life of Ernest Satterwhite.


Jeanie Buss thwarts initial attempt by brothers to take over the Lakers (CA)

Los Angeles Times

March 3, 2017

The behind-the-scenes struggle for control of the Lakers spilled into public view in a sixth-floor room in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, with a thick stack of documents in which Jeanie Buss sought a restraining order against her brothers Jim and Johnny.

In the latest chapter of a tumultuous season, Jeanie Buss appeared to thwart an effort by Jim and Johnny that could oust her as the Lakers’ president and controlling owner.

“This is no doubt the beginning and not the end of the legal game-playing,” said Adam Streisand, the attorney for Jeanie Buss. “They don’t have a legal leg to stand on.”


Maine court says state can’t be sued for selling home and belongings of man in its care

Press Herald

March 3, 2017

ROCKLAND — The state is immune from liability for selling the waterfront house of a man in its care for well below its value, allowing another home he owned in Rockland to fall into disrepair, selling off his personal belongings and euthanizing his cat.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday in the lawsuit brought on behalf of William Dean against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.