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Congratulations Lise Olsen!

Congratulation to the Houston Chronicle’s Lise Olsen for being named a Texas “Star Reporter of the Year” by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.  While writing on many timely topics, Lise has done a great job over the past years exposing abusive probate actions. At a time when the common response to estate irregularities was “that can’t happen,” Lise helped show the world that it can and does happen &#…

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Hunt family estate case fits probate abuse pattern, court history (TX)

…n for legal impropriety and the article comes from a source with high credibility in writing on probate issues. In Paxton’s role in Hunt family probate case called ill-defined and unorthodox, investigative reporter Lise Olsen along with Austin bureau reporter Lauren McGaughy describe Tanner Hunt’s 2011 suicide and the probate court actions surrounding his estate. Though the younger Hunt, 31-years-old at the time of his death, left a $200,00…

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Lessons on Harris and other Texas county probate systems

In a recently posted Houston Chronicle story Harris County probate fees a bonanza for some, reporter Lise Olsen once again picks up the probate abuse issue by detailing the potentially lucrative nature of working probate cases.  The piece also includes two charts one of which shows how Harris County stacks up against other Texas counties in overall fee awards and the other naming the top ten probate judges for such awards. While recognizing that…

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Harris County (TX) shows lucrative nature of working probate cases

Harris County probate fees a bonanza for some Judges here award more than anywhere else in Texas — $302,081 in one case, so far — to attorneys they pick Lise Olsen October 22, 2010 Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7258536.html Harris County probate judges handed out $8.5 million in fees in one year — far more than any other county in Texas — to private, hand-picked lawyers and others tasked with managing the est…

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Family fights probate court over fortune

Relatives trying to end financial dispute say they found a patronage system that cost them Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 25, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Probate court comes cloaked in mourning, its chambers filled with feuding families and highly charged dramas of human riches and human rights. It’s where the grieving, the embittered and sometimes the unscrupulous seek to settle inheritance issues, where the disabled and the menta…

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