Estate of Denial news clips (4/07/17)

Lawyer for cop’s lost inheritance offers $550K deal (NH)

March 22, 2017

PORTSMOUTH — The city police and fire departments are poised to receive another quarter-million dollars combined from the estate of the late Geraldine Webber by terms of a proposed settlement agreement.

If approved by the Strafford County Probate Court, the settlement payments would bring the total inheritances to each department to $325,000. The departments each received checks from Webber’s estate this year for $81,813 and $105,687.


Children of Late Conservative Icon Phyllis Schlafly at War over Their Inheritance and Have Been Fighting Since She Threw Her Support Behind Donald Trump

Daily Mail

March 23, 2017

The children of late Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly are at war over their inheritance and have been fighting since their mother threw her weight behind Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican primaries.

Schlafly’s daughter Ann Schlafly Cori reignited the war with court papers filed this week which accuse her brother John of sabotaging her inheritance by influencing his mother to tweak her will before she died.


Suffolk registry workers describe racial hostility, sexual harassment (MA)

The Boston Globe

March 25, 2017

A Cape Verdean employee alleged that her co-workers called her a monkey. A white employee used a racial epithet to describe an African-American colleague. Another white worker loudly denounced new Spanish-speaking employees with a slur and complained they were “being hired to do our jobs” by their Latino boss.

Pervasive accusations of racial hostility and sexual harassment at the Suffolk Registry of Probate led one office worker to call last spring for an “immediate intervention” into the “deplorable and divisive” environment, according to an investigative report that had not previously been made public.


When David Met Brooke: The Ultimate New York Power Couple

New York Times

March 25, 2017

At the Museum of Modern Art’s annual spring benefit last June, Helen Mirren could be spotted near one of the artists being honored that night, Brice Marden. A few feet away was Marilyn Minter, squiring another honoree, Mark Bradford.

Yet the longest line of acolytes and well-wishers formed not in the vicinity of these cultural heavyweights — plus the Swedish pop-star Robyn — but led, instead, to a 100-year-old man perched by the stage: David Rockefeller.




March 27, 2017

DETROIT, MI —  Serial kidnapper-guardian Mary Rowan continues to strike. Now she may also be an accessory to the murder of one of her wards, Raymond Davis. Rowan is additionally pressing charges against country singer Sharmian Lynette Worley for trying to protect her mom from Rowan, who had no court order to take her.

Regarding the death of Davis and four other men March 9 in a fire on Whittier in Detroit, Wayne Co. Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged one of the allegedly mentally ill residents for setting the fire, which was fanned into an inferno by gusting winds.


CONTACT 13: Guardianship abuse defendant faces judge (NV)

KTNV Las Vegas

March 29, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The No. 2 defendant in the state’s largest-ever case of elderly exploitation is now behind bars in Las Vegas.

According to prosecutors, Mark Simmons acted as private, professional guardian April Parks’ right-hand man.


Court OKs $550K estate deal, half goes to Portsmouth (NH)

March 29, 2017

PORTSMOUTH — A judge has approved a legal malpractice settlement that will give the city police and fire departments another quarter-million dollars combined from the estate of the late Geraldine Webber.

The agreement settles a legal malpractice claim against Hampton attorney Gary Holmes, who wrote a last will and trust for Webber, that left the bulk of her $2 million-plus estate to now-fired Portsmouth police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin. After a two-week trial, then-Judge Gary Cassavechia overturned those estate plans, while finding Goodwin had exerted undue influence over Webber while she changed her estate plans to his benefit.


Mississippi Barq’s root beer heirs settle inheritance dispute

Jackson Clarion Ledger

March 30, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. – Heirs of a root beer company founded in Mississippi have settled a legal dispute over an inheritance.

The Sun Herald reports Lou Ella Barq sued her son, Barry Barq, in 2016, claiming he took almost $1.3 million from her. She said he used a power of attorney she granted him after the 2002 death of her husband and his father, William Adoph Barq.


Nevada high court presses for greater guardianship oversight

KRNV My News 4

March 31, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court is proposing legislation to increase oversight of court-appointed guardians who watch over the state’s most vulnerable residents.

The bills seek more rules for private and government-sponsored financial caretakers of elderly and incapacitated Nevadans.


Barborak charged with theft, forgery in Trumbull County (OH)

April 2, 2017

WARREN –The former Lisbon attorney disbarred for misappropriating more than $150,000 in client funds and then trying to conceal it from the courts now faces felony criminal charges.

Virginia Barborak, 46, of Salem, was charged Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court with single counts of theft, perjury and forgery and two counts of tampering with evidence, all felonies.