Estate of Denial news clips (4/03/17)

4 indicted in unprecedented guardianship abuse case, April Parks arrested in Pennsylvania

KTNV Las Vegas

March 8, 2017

Court records show Parks disregarded her duty as a guardian, treating the vulnerable as “cash cows.”

In one example, Parks and her business partner Mark Simmons profited from a scam where they bought Christmas gifts for their wards, such as popcorn, socks and other small items. When the wards received the gifts, they were charged at a hourly rate of $100 per hour.


Clark County grand jury indicts woman in guardianship abuse case (NV)

Las Vegas Review-Journal

March 9, 2017

A Clark County grand jury Thursday charged a woman with more than 40 crimes after allegations that she stole more than $50,000 from the special-needs trust of a disabled man in her care, according to the Clark County district attorney’s office.

Susan Rousselle is charged with 22 felony counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person and 22 felony counts of theft. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.


Judge noted ‘deep divisions’ in family after death of elderly Exeter woman (NH)

The Union Leader

March 9, 2017

EXETER — Court documents are painting a picture of a divided family as a mother and daughter face arraignment today in the death of an elderly family member left on the floor of her Exeter home for days in her own feces and urine.

In the months after the death of 75-year-old Nancy Parker, questions were raised about who should serve as administrator of her estate amid claims of abuse, theft and other accusations.


State Bar of Nevada wants to disbar lawyer charged with stealing millions from clients (NV)

Las Vegas Review-Journal

March 9, 2017

A State Bar of Nevada disciplinary panel on Thursday recommended disbarring jailed probate lawyer Robert Graham over the alleged theft of millions of dollars from clients.

At an hour-long hearing, Assistant Bar Counsel Janeen Isaacson laid out the case to take away Graham’s license, alleging he stole more than $17 million from clients over at least a decade, all in a selfish bid to feed his ego.


Court appearances scheduled for women accused in 76-year-old’s death (NH)

WMUR Manchester

March 10, 2017

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Charges are moving forward against an Exeter woman and her daughter, who are accused of negligent homicide in connection with the woman’s 76-year-old mother.


Katherine Saintil-Brown waived her arraignment Friday and left Rockingham County Superior Court after pleading not guilty, Saintil-Brown’s daughter, Meritel Saintil, did not appear in court, and her case was continued.


Steep rise in probate fees attacked as £300m ‘stealth’ death tax (UK)

Financial Times

March 10, 2017

The angry reaction to tax rises in Britain’s Spring Budget was exacerbated on Friday as politicians attacked a £300m “stealth tax” increase on the cost of executing a will.

From May, the cost of applying for probate — the legal authority to distribute someone’s estate after they die — will rise by as much as 9,000 per cent despite public opposition.


Probate Court Considers Added Protections To Curb Theft By Court-Appointed Guardians (CT)

Hartford Courant

March 13, 2017

The state’s top Probate Court administrator said Monday that new reforms are needed to protect the elderly and mentally ill from abuse.

Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Knierim and lawmakers said more needs to be done to prevent fraud and deception by corrupt court-appointed conservators. At a press conference and hearing Monday they spoke in support of a reform bill moving through the legislature.


Lawsuit claims woman cut daughter of late Pike County sheriff out of his will (KY)

Lexington Herald Leader

March 13, 2017

A woman who married former longtime Pike County Sheriff Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee while he was suffering from dementia had him change his will to disinherit his only daughter, the daughter has claimed in a lawsuit.

Mildred Keesee sued Easter May Prater, of Pikeville, last week in Pike Circuit Court, seeking repayment of the money Prater “defrauded” from her, plus punitive damages and an order overturning the will.


Frank Zappa Family War: Dweezil vs. Ahmet and Diva


March 13, 2017

Ahmet and Diva Zappa just filed legal docs asking a judge to let them start a website to counter Dweezil’s claim they are trying to ruin his career by denying him the right to perform his Zappa Plays Zappa tour.

Dweezil has gone on a rant claiming Ahmet and Diva — who now run Frank Zappa’s estate — have flat-out prohibited him from using ZPZ in concert.


Measures for those caring for legal affairs of elderly, disabled (CT)

CT Post

March 15, 2017

While abuse among state conservators is rare and isolated, Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Knierim has asked lawmakers to approve a series of accountability measures, including random audits and written practices for lawyers and family members who handle the affairs of elderly and disabled residents who cannot take care of themselves.

The legislation is supported by the AARP and leaders of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, including Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-Danbury and Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, co-chairmen of the panel, as well as Rep. Steve Stafstrom, D-Bridgeport, vice chairman.


Prince Heirs Object to Bank’s Request for More Freedom in Managing Estate


March 15, 2017

Comerica, the personal representative that replaced special administrator Bremer Trust on Feb. 1 in overseeing the management of the Prince estate, is already at odds with some of the possible heirs.

In an objection to an order Comerica is seeking that would give it wide discretion in managing the estate, Sharron, Norrine and John Nelson — three of the expected heirs — said that if the bank doesn’t change its behavior toward involving the heirs in managing the estate, they are prepared to seek its removal.


Mother, girlfriend of late Marlins star Jose Fernandez appointed representatives of his estate (FL)

Sun Sentinel

March 15, 2017

The mother and girlfriend of Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher killed in a boating accident last September, were formally appointed representatives of his estate in a Miami courtroom Wednesday.

Just days before his tragic death, Fernandez publicly announced that he and his girlfriend, Maria Arias, were expecting a child. The baby, Penelope, was born Feb. 24, starting a process to have her legally recognized as the late All-Star’s heir, said family attorney Ralph Fernandez (no relation).