Estate of Denial news clips (10/23/17)

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights (NV)

The New Yorker

October 9, 2017

For years, Rudy North woke up at 9 A.M. and read the Las Vegas Review-Journal while eating a piece of toast. Then he read a novel—he liked James Patterson and Clive Cussler—or, if he was feeling more ambitious, Freud. On scraps of paper and legal notepads, he jotted down thoughts sparked by his reading. “Deep below the rational part of our brain is an underground ocean where strange things swim,” he wrote on one notepad. On another, “Life: the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.”

Rennie, his wife of fifty-seven years, was slower to rise. She was recovering from lymphoma and suffered from neuropathy so severe that her legs felt like sausages. Each morning, she spent nearly an hour in the bathroom applying makeup and lotions, the same brands she’d used for forty years. She always emerged wearing pale-pink lipstick. Rudy, who was prone to grandiosity, liked to refer to her as “my amour.”


Is the Adult Guardianship and Probate Court System Being Used to Exploit Elderly People For Profit?

The Root

October 10, 2017

It is a nightmare that many families have faced over the last few years, but one that has gone on mostly without public notice. An elderly parent or loved one is suddenly stripped of his or her rights and forced into a court guardianship program that opens them up to financial exploitation, sometimes siphoning their life savings and estates until there is nothing left. Families desperate to find answers and get justice are stuck in years of court battles to rectify the situation.

Guardianship is the court removal of all rights, decision-making ability and estate control from an elderly party and his or her family, and transferring them over to a third party. The elderly party is alleged to be incapacitated and is made a ward of the court. Guardians are then given complete control to make all decisions for their “ward.”


Disgraced and disbarred, Stan Chesley is trying to shield assets from former clients (KY/OH)


October 10, 2017

(Reuters) – Stanley Chesley, once one of the most powerful plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country, is no longer a lawyer. After hundreds of former clients sued him and three other lawyers for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from settlement funds for diet drug victims, Chesley was disbarred in Kentucky in 2013. He resigned from the Ohio bar soon thereafter.

But Chesley has never litigated with more determination than he’s recently shown in maneuvers to avoid paying those former clients what courts have determined he owes them.


Flawed assisted dying bill puts vulnerable people at risk (AUS)

The Sydney Morning Herald

October 11, 2017

Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 provides a regime for a person to request the prescribing of lethal drugs which can be self-administered by the person (i.e. assisted suicide) or in some circumstances administered by a health practitioner (i.e. euthanasia). The Bill avoids talking about assisting a suicide and killing a person at their request by using the euphemism “voluntary assisted dying”.

This Bill may assist strong-minded people who retain sound judgment and are in control of their carers and care environment to achieve a goal of dying by suicide at a time of their choosing, rather than in the ordinary course of an illness.


Alan Fantin Finds New Home, New Hope in Probate Court Battle (CAN)


October 11, 2017

Alan Fantin called the other day to let me know that the Homeless Millionaire is no longer homeless.

The 51-year-old Fantin was the subject of our September 5 cover story, “The Homeless Millionaire,” which recounted his legal battle to achieve greater personal and economic freedom after decades of having his assets under the control of a court-appointed conservator. When I interviewed Fantin for the story, he had a net worth on paper of close to $3 million — but only a couple of bucks in his pocket and was struggling to pay for groceries and lodging, having been banned from the house he owns because of a pending domestic violence charge.


Gutfeld Praises Part of Trump Plan: ‘The Death Tax Is an Immoral Act’

Fox News Insider

October 11, 2017

Greg Gutfeld said that two of the pillars of President Trump’s tax plan should be lauded.

He said the media criticized Trump’s plan to repeal the Estate Tax, commonly called the Death Tax, as ‘helping the rich.’

Gutfeld said the notion is “absolutely absurd.”

“The death tax is an immoral act. You’re taking money that is already taxed, [from] families who’ve saved this money for years.”