Estate of Denial news clips (4/05/17)

Plot thickens in probe of House IT contractors

March 14, 2017

Plot thickens in bizarre case of Capitol Hill IT staffers

A criminal investigation into IT contractors employed by dozens of House Democrats is sparking broader concerns about continuing access to sensitive government emails, amid new allegations of illicit activity beyond Capitol Hill.

The investigation was announced last month by the U.S. Capitol Police and purportedly focuses on the contractors’ access to House computers and whether they took hardware and made questionable IT-related purchases.


Surviving sisters of slain wife of ‘Survivor’ exec ordered to settle restaurant dispute

March 16, 2017

A judge Thursday approved a settlement agreement in which the estate of the slain wife of a former “Survivor” producer will pay $42,500 to settle a dispute that began over delinquent rent payments at the Brazilian restaurant she once owned.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maria Stratton gave her nod to the resolution of the dispute between the estate of Monica Beresford-Redmond and Lorraine Morgan, the owner of the building that was formerly the location of the Zabumba Bar & Restaurant on Venice Boulevard in Palms.


Behind The Badge: Newport Elder Financial Abuse Case Solved (CA)

March 16, 2017

NEWPORT COAST, CA — “Keep an eye on your bank accounts,” was the advice from Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Jeff Cole, of the economic crimes unit,

Cole, together with Investigator Matt LeFlore, and colleagues recently cracked a fraud case involving a 95-year-old Newport Coast woman, her identity protected as she is in late stages of dementia.


Severe dysfunction alleged in Suffolk Probate (MA)

The Boston Globe

March 17, 2017

On any given day at the Suffolk Registry of Probate and Family Court, 20 to 30 files could go missing. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in unprocessed checks sat in boxes, stapled to filings, and stuffed in desk drawers. A section of the office designated for loose paperwork was overwhelmed by pleadings, orders, and judgments that numbered over 6,500.

“It was a place for employees to make work disappear,” according to an assessment of the registry released by the Massachusetts Trial Court. “There were thousands of pleadings dating as far back to 2015 not docketed or scanned. This procedural meltdown created chaos for not only litigants but the judicial staff as well.”


Court ruling will make it harder for adult children to challenge wills (UK)

Financial Times

March 17, 2017

The decision this week to overturn a six-figure award to a woman who was left out of her estranged mother’s will should help to strengthen the rights of individuals to pass on their assets as they wish, lawyers say.

The judgment in the long-running dispute between the RSPCA, the RSPB and the Blue Cross and the daughter of a woman who had left them almost £500,000, ruled that the daughter was not entitled to a larger share of her mother’s fortune just because she expected to inherit it.


Farmer’s Sons Lose Their ENTIRE £200,000 Inheritance from Father’s Will in Doomed Legal Bid to Stop Their Stepmother Getting an Extra £25,000 (UK)

Daily Mail

March 17, 2017

Two farmer’s sons have been slammed by a judge after blowing their entire inheritance on a ‘hopeless’ bid to stop their stepmother getting an extra £25,000 from their father’s will.

Richard and Jonathan Powell had claimed their disabled father, David, did not understand what he was doing when he made his final will, granting his second wife, Ailsa Powell, £125,000.


Bill would require monitoring of court-appointed guardians (CT)

Danbury News Times

March 18, 2017

NEW FAIRFIELD — The grit and the grace that animate Lou Russo’s face belies the desperate place the World War II veteran was in a few seasons ago at the hands of a court-appointed conservator.

“I will never forget it, because I was treated like a bag of dirt in the street,” the 98-year-old bachelor says of the 17 months he spent against his will in a nursing home while his conservator drained his bank account, scrapped his construction trucks and rented out his house. “Sometimes I dream about it at night and think, ‘What the hell happened to me?’”


County law firm Kerwoods warns number of disputed wills on the rise (UK)

Cotswold Journal

March 21, 2017

A WORCESTERSHIRE law firm is warning that the number of disputed wills is on the rise as family relationships become ever more tangled.

Julie Fisher, head of litigation at Redditch law firm Kerwoods, said multiple marriages, cohabitation and the number of children and step-children from different partnerships meant rows over wills were becoming more commonplace.


Tennessee Supreme Court agrees to hear J. Don Brock estate challenge (TN)

Chattanooga Times Free Press

March 21, 2017

Five adopted children who say their stepmother maliciously removed them from the massive estate of late Astec Industries CEO J. Don Brock are heading to the highest Tennessee court to argue their case.

The Tennessee Supreme Court agreed earlier this month to hear whether Melissa Sue Brock Adcock, Krystal Gail Brock Parker, Jennifer Rebecca Brock, Daryl Williams Brock and Walter Edward Brock were purposely disinherited from their father’s will when he died of mesothelioma in March 2015.


Katherine Jackson’s nephew accuses her son of fake elder abuse case

Hamilton Spectator

March 22, 2017

Katherine Jackson’s nephew has accused her son Jermaine of trying to gain control over Michael Jackson’s Estate.

The 86-year-old matriarch – who is the mother of the late Michael Jackson – gained a restraining order against Trent Jackson last month after she claimed he’d been stealing cash behind her back and abusing her but now her nephew and his lawyer are questioning whether Katherine even wrote the declaration or whether Jermaine is behind the case.


CONTACT 13: Las Vegas attorney in guardianship case charged (NV)

KTNV Las Vegas

March 22, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A Las Vegas attorney involved in a guardianship abuse scandal faced a judge Wednesday.

Noel Palmer Simpson worked for private guardian April Parks and three of her associates.


Felix Arroyo alleges bias in Probate Court’s performance review (MA)


March 22, 2017

The release of a scathing report on operations in the probate office has ratcheted up the tension in Suffolk County Register of Probate Félix Arroyo’s fight for reinstatement to the post from which Trial Court Supervisor Harry Spence removed him last month.

Arroyo, who repeatedly has called for an open investigation, published dozens of pages of material on his website in support of his claims that the suspension he was handed on Feb. 3 is unjust and unwarranted. These documents include the suspension letter from Spence and Arroyo’s response to it.