Estate of Denial news clips (5/31/17)

What Will Happen to the Sexual-Harassment Lawsuits Against Roger Ailes?

The Cut

May 18, 2017

The last year of former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes’s life was marred by scandal. Ailes, who died on Thursday, resigned from the network last year after more than two dozen women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, including former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson, who filed a high-profile lawsuit claiming she was fired for rejecting his sexual advances. Although Carlson settled with Ailes and the network for a reported $20 million, two lawsuits against him still stand: one from former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros and another from on-air contributor Julie Roginsky. So what happens to them now that he’s dead?

According to Debra S. Katz, an employment and civil-rights attorney, the lawsuits will continue to move forward. “The estate will be responsible for any kind of liability that ensues,” said Katz, a partner at Katz, Marshall & Banks LLP. “There’s now nobody to take the stand and to refute these allegations under oath, so I think Fox and Ailes’s estate will have significant incentive to get them resolved.”


Judge Who Washed up Along Hudson Cut Husband out of Her Estate (NY)

New York Post

May 19, 2017

Trailblazing judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s current husband is cut out of her $2.05 million estate because she had an outdated will when her body was found floating in the Harlem River last month.

The late judge, who was the first black woman to be appointed to New York’s highest court, signed the document on Dec. 8, 2004. It leaves her entire estate to her mother and siblings.


Prince Estate: Sister, Five Half-Siblings Named Heirs

May 19, 2017

A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that Prince‘s sister and five half-siblings are the rightful heirs to the music icon’s estate, worth an estimated $200 million.

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson as well as half-siblings Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson were officially declared as the singer’s heirs after Prince died in April 2016 without a will.


Michigan AG suspends probate foreclosure practice in wake of investigation


May 19, 2017

(WXYZ) – The Michigan Attorney General is suspending a controversial probate practice that 7 Investigator Heather Catallo recently exposed.


Abu Dhabi wills that claim to avoid Sharia law ‘ripping off’ expatriates

The National

May 20, 2017

ABU DHABI // Law firms that offer to draft wills guaranteeing that the assets of non-Muslim expatriates will not be subject to Sharia in the event of their death are duping their customers, experts say.

Presently, there is no registry of wills for non-Muslim expatriates in Abu Dhabi, which means that law firms’ claims that they can secure their clients’ assets in the emirate are misleading.


Rightful heir keeps house following 7 investigation on probate problems (MI)


May 24, 2017

(WXYZ) – The 7 Investigators first exposed a troubling pattern of certain public officials and real estate brokers taking over estates, often selling homes that should belong to the rightful heirs.

On Wednesday, a key ruling from an Oakland County Probate Court judge means one local woman will be able to save the house she grew up in.