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Ranking on Texas’ litigation environment worsens

A new national ranking suggests generally improved views of state legal climates, yet the Lone Star State’s litigation environment doesn’t fare so well. For its 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform commissioned the Harris Poll to examine the levels of fairness and reasonability with which U.S. businesses Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (9/21/15 – 9/23/15)

Judge Reva G. Goetz Retires From Superior Court Bench (CA) Metropolitan News-Enterprise September 22, 2015 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva G. Goetz retired yesterday. A court official said Goetz, 61, had officially departed the bench after having taken leave since last month.   Cop won’t appeal lost $2 million inheritance (NH) Sea Coast Online Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (9/17/15 – 9/20/15)

Battle over Sam DuBose’s estate in court (OH) WKRC Cincinnati September 17, 2015 CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) — Family members of the man, who was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer, are at odds over who will control what might turn out to be a multi-million dollar settlement. Both sides were in Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (9/13/15 – 9/16/15)

Pacers owner seeks court finding on team ownership (IN) IndyStar.com September 15, 2015 Pacers owner Herb Simon is asking a court to declare that neither his late brother’s estate nor his brother’s widow has any financial stake in the team.   Sotheby billionaire’s widow is locked out of her Mayfair flat… by her own stepchildren! Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 9/6/15 )

The $95 million question: What’s at stake in Brown estate battle? (SC) Herald Independent September 4, 2015 NEWBERRY — Emails recently released under the Freedom of Information Act may offer insight into why there is a $95 million difference in the at-death valuation of James Brown’s music empire.   Ohio Supreme Court can’t investigate corrupt Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/30/15)

Woman sentenced after blowing granddaughter’s inheritance (WI) Milwaukee Journal Sentinal August 28, 2015 A Milwaukee woman who spent her granddaughter’s $50,000 inheritance on wigs, cigarettes, alcohol and rent, and even sent some to a man who was in prison for molesting the girl, was sentenced Friday to 31/2 years in prison plus six months in Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/23/15)

Paxton’s role in Hunt family probate case called ill-defined and unorthodox (TX) Houston Chronicle August 23, 2015 Tanner Hunt, son of Dallas oil billionaire Ray Hunt, texted the mother of his two young daughters in the fall of 2011 for a picture of the girls in their Halloween costumes. The next day, he took a Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/16/15)

Widow of Robin Williams holding heirlooms hostage while looking to boost inheritance, lawyers for comedian’s children say New York Daily News August 19, 2015 More than a year after Robin Williams’ death, his widow is still holding family heirlooms hostage and unfairly seeking to boost her inheritance, lawyers for the tragic comedian’s three kids claim. Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/9/15)

Lawyer warns of rising death benefit disputes SMSF Adviser August 10, 2015 A growing awareness of estate litigation, along with the special nature of superannuation benefits, will see further increases in disputes involving estate planning for super, one industry lawyer cautions. Speaking to SMSF Adviser, Cooper Grace Ward partner Scott Hay-Bartlem said the SMSF industry Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/2/15)

Shrink convinced patient to be her lover, write her into $7M will: docs (NY) New York Post July 29, 2015 A Manhattan shrink turned the doctor’s maxim “Do no harm” on its head when she convinced her wealthy patient to be her lover and then persuaded the drugged-up woman to make her the beneficiary of her Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 7/26/15)

Trustee being sued by Tom Benson argues Saints, Pelicans owner still isn’t proposing fair asset swap with relatives (TX/LA) The New Orleans Advocate July 26, 2015 The lawyer who has so far thwarted Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s attempts to cut his estranged relatives out of his business empire continues to argue that Benson Keep Reading…

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Glossip execution postponed for two weeks (OK)

Despite a focus on probate abuse, Estate of Denial® also follows other legal system corruption with great interest. The Oklahoma case involving Richard Glossip certainly appears to be just that and though the Death Row inmate was scheduled for execution this afternoon, a stay has now been issued. One of the early reports: Only three Keep Reading…

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Media coverage reminds of need to shine light on dark side of estate management (TX)

Piling on or piling up? As Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces felony state securities fraud charges, a recent Dallas Morning News op-ed suggests additional probate misconduct on the heels of a Houston Chronicle article detailing the state’s top law enforcement official’s questionable role in a Collin County case. While some may characterize both the Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 7/19/15)

Elder care worker guilty of stealing $125K from seniors (NJ) Asbury Park Press July 17, 2015 A man tasked with helping an elderly couple instead used their trust to drain their savings as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. William Price admitted he stole $125,000 from one elderly couple he met as a caseworker Keep Reading…

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Estate of Denial news clips (week of 7/12/15)

A case of misplaced trust and missing millions unfolds in Morgan City as wealthy businessman’s heirs seek answers to where the money went (LA) The New Orleans Advocate July 13, 2015 MORGAN CITY — Peter V. Guarisco and his children for decades trusted James Scott Tucker to run the family-owned holding company, Capital Management Consultants Keep Reading…

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