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These Are the 14 States With the Worst ‘Death Taxes’


April 24, 2017

Death and taxes are inevitable, but you may be able to do something to avoid the so-called death tax.

While you can’t sidestep paying federal estate taxes, you can dodge state estate taxes, depending on where you live. There are only 14 states, as well as the District of Columbia, that levy their own estate taxes on top of the federal government’s, according to data compiled by MarketWatch, while a total of six impose an inheritance tax on the recipients of an estate.


District attorney’s office: Diane McIver had secret, second will (GA)

CBS46 News Atlanta

April 25, 2017


CBS46 has exclusively learned that the state believes an updated version of Diane McIver’s will exists. The motion was filed in probate court on Friday. It says the state has reason to believe that Diane created an updated will before she died and that her husband, Tex, has a copy of it but failed to submit it to the court when he filed probate documents last October.

The motion requests an emergency hearing and asks that a judge remove Tex from executor of Diane’s estate. The district attorney’s office does not say in the motion why they believe another will exists. McIver’s probate attorney and the man who wrote Diane’s will tells CBS46 that the state is purely speculating.


Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine dismisses lawsuit against ‘abusive’ nephew

International Business Times UK

April 26, 2017

Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson has decided to dismiss her lawsuit against an “abusive” nephew. The 86-year-old was expected to appear in court on 25 April to testify against Trent Lamar Jackson but a judge has ruled the case will not proceed any further.

In February, Katherine was granted a temporary restraining order against Trent, 52, after making accusations of mental abuse. Now, TMZ reports that the matriarch’s lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit “without prejudice”, which would have enabled Katherine to sue Trent on similar grounds again in the future. However, the judge was not willing to prolong the issue and stated the case would be closed permanently.


Former Lisbon attorney in court (OH)

Morning Journal News

April 26, 2017

WARREN — A former Lisbon attorney disbarred for misappropriating client funds and trying to conceal it has pleaded innocent to felony charges brought against her in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The attorney for Virginia Barborak, 46, entered not guilty pleas on her behalf at an arraignment hearing held here on Monday. She is charged with grand theft, perjury and forgery, and two counts of tampering with evidence. She is due back in court on July 17.


Shoemaker estate issue settled; florist shop stays open (FL)

The News-Press

April 26, 2017

For Mattie Young, it was a battle to maintain her mother’s legacy of a lifetime of service to the community.

Young, daughter of the late Veronica Shoemaker, a Fort Myers community activist for decades, stood in the flower shop bearing her mother’s name Wednesday, reflecting on the conclusion of a contested will struggle that threatened her mother’s legacy.