Estate of Denial news clips (11/01/17)

Eder’s Appeal From Probate (CT)

Connecticut Law Tribune

October 10, 2017

The adoption of two adult brothers by the settlor of a trust was not a sham intended to alter the intent of the trust.


Unholy Row As Court Decides on Religious Woman’s Will (AUS)

October 15, 2017

A TERMINALLY ill woman’s use of a cheap do-it-yourself will kit, along with handwritten attachments, could end up costing her estate tens of thousands of dollars.

While Justice Flanagan on Wednesday accepted the documents as Sandra Marie Hatton’s last will and granted probate, there could be more legal hearings before assets are distributed.


WXYZ appealing order from Metro Detroit judge in First Amendment battle (MI)


October 17, 2017

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) – It’s the story several lawyers did not want you to see:  The 7 Investigators are looking into allegations of problems in the probate guardianship system.

Last week, a judge stepped in and issued a restraining order, preventing Channel 7 from showing any pictures or videos of two of the people at the center of the story, Janet and Milan Kapp.


Porterville man sentenced for financial elder abuse on his grandma (CA)

October 18, 2017

PORTERVILLE, California – A Porterville man has been sentenced to prison for financial elder abuse on his 90-year-old grandmother.

In September, 25-year-old Brandon Birchfield pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of financial elder abuse and one felony count of identity theft against his grandmother. She has since passed away.


Aaron Hernandez suffered a ‘horrendous existence’: lawsuit

New York Post

October 18, 2017

Before taking his life in a prison cell in April while serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez suffered a “horrendous existence” caused by head trauma, his attorneys claim in a refiled lawsuit against the NFL and its former helmet manufacturer.

The Boston Globe reports that attorneys for Hernandez’s estate claim in an 86-page civil complaint filed Monday in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham that the NFL and Illinois-based Riddell — the league’s official helmet provider from 1989 to 2013 — are liable for Hernandez’s head trauma that led to chronic traumatic encephalopathy because they downplayed the risks of football and repeated blows to the head.


Executor’s Song: The Tricky Business of Choosing Someone to Oversee Your Estate When You’re Gone

October 18, 2017

It’s hard to find good help, especially when you’re dead. Choosing an estate’s executor, the person who carries out the terms of a will, is a fraught decision, and whether you tap a friend, family member, lawyer, or bank, the outcome is never certain—and you won’t be around to oversee the operation, anyway. Dispersals get more complicated when the estate is large, but the burden of being an executor is never just about money; often its difficulties stem from emotional, and sometimes ambiguous, relationships.

Take the case of Brooke Astor. Before she died, in 2007, the New York society doyenne was caught between competing forces. Her executor and only son, Anthony Marshall (who himself died in 2014), worked with lawyer Francis X. Morrissey Jr. to plan Astor’s $100 million estate, but Marshall (pictured above with his mother in 1991) was later convicted of larceny and Morrissey of fraud and conspiracy, with allegations of elder abuse leveled at Marshall.