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Appeal denied in Dallas’ 4949 Swiss Ave. estate looting case (TX)

Score one for justice as the Fifth District Court of Appeals this past week upheld the trial court’s judgment in the case of Mark McCay, the Dallas antique dealer convicted in 2012 for conspiring to exploit Mary Ellen Bendtsen’s declining mental (and physical) state such that she signed a will leaving her iconic 4949 Swiss Keep Reading…

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Back from hiatus! Estate of Denial news clips (week of 7/5/15)

Estate of Denial® is back from hiatus. We’ll spend the next days catching up on some headlines from the past weeks and then get back to a timely recapping of the day’s news involving abuses of probate courts and/or instruments like wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney.   Deceased lawyer’s clients owed $1.8 million, Keep Reading…

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Oklahoma’s Glossip case: Irreversible mistake on top of misjustice?

Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed by the state of Oklahoma on Sept. 16. A Dr. Phil episode highlighting his case aired early last week. Years of following probate abuse – the corruption surrounding probate courts and the calculated misuse of legal instruments like wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney – have left Keep Reading…

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‘Efficiency’ brief filed in Texas public school finance lawsuit

As more than half of Texas’ 1029 public school districts await a Texas Supreme Court ruling on their lawsuit claiming the state provides neither adequate nor equitable funding, a newly-filed amicus brief by Americans for Prosperity asks the court to consider public school efficiency as a component of the litigation. AFP’s position is simple. Calling Keep Reading…

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

An Aug. 24 Houston Chronicle article highlights already embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s role in an estate case involving the two young daughters of Tanner Hunt, the now-deceased son of Dallas oil billionaire Ray Hunt and grandson Haroldson Lafayette “H.L.” Hunt. While Paxton, the state’s top defender of Texas laws, faces no specific legal Keep Reading…

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Judge orders San Marcos to review petition signatures, add fluoride ban amendment to November ballot (TX)

City of San Marcos voters are closer to weighing in on a charter amendment seeking to ban the city’s fluoridation of its water supply.  Despite the city’s apparent commitment to disqualify a petition effort seeking this change, state Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Boyer late Friday ordered the city to review the petition signatures and, if Keep Reading…

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Clock ticking as San Marcos fights fluoride ban vote (TX)

The countdown to an Aug. 24 ballot placement deadline is on as the city of San Marcos continues action to disqualify a citizen-led petition effort seeking a spot on the Nov. 3 election ballot. At issue is if voters will be allowed to weigh in on a proposed charter amendment to ban fluoride use in Keep Reading…

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Will Uber’s new car-leasing pilot be the next frontier for regulators?

Uber recently rolled out a company-owned car-leasing program, Xchange Leasing, in select markets. This action, along with pending lawsuits against Uber, show that as the innovative transportation network company’s (TNC) business model continues to evolve, government remains a major player in how things will shake out. Uber Technologies, Inc. is head quartered in San Francisco. Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court ruling could offer new boost to citizen-led petition efforts

The Texas Supreme Court ruling on Houston’s violation of petitioners’ rights who challenged the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is seen as a potential boost to other citizen-led petition efforts in the state that have experienced similar government resistance. Whether initiatives which enable citizens to draft laws and charter amendments for placement on an upcoming election Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court: petitioners’ rights ignored with Houston ‘equal rights ordinance’ challenge

A new Texas Supreme Court ruling found the city of Houston violated petitioners’ rights when it ignored a valid petition effort and, instead, passed a controversial equal rights ordinance. The city must now either repeal the ordinance or place it on the November ballot. In noting City Secretary Anna Russell’s certification of a 2014 petition Keep Reading…

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TEA Snapshot data offers view of Bell County ISDs (TX)

Newly released Texas Education Agency Snapshot: School District Profiles provide valuable district-generated data offering insight as to the performance and spending trends of our state’s 1,200+ school districts. These latest reports document the 2013-2014 school year. Their review can suggest to Bell County and other Texas parents, employers and engaged citizens just how much “bang” Keep Reading…

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Rest in Peace Latifa Ring

It is with sadness that we share news regarding the passing of elder and guardianship abuse activist Latifa Ring. From the Houston Chronicle: Latifa Sefiane Ring 1955-2015 Latifa Sefiane Ring, 59, of Houston went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, July 19, 2015. She was born December 23, 1955 in Morocco. She is preceded Keep Reading…

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Texas Ed Agency updates school district performance, spending ‘snapshots’

The Texas Education Agency has posted its Snapshot: School District Profiles data for the 2013-2014 school year. Not only does this district-generated data offer insight as to the performance and spending trends of the state’s 1,200+ school districts, but it can also help engaged taxpayers gauge their return on education dollars. A Snapshot summary gives Keep Reading…

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Texas cities offer immigration sanctuary

Sanctuary cities, along with select counties and even states, often shield criminal aliens from federal immigration law enforcement including deportation actions. They are the focus of new nationwide controversy as an alleged illegal alien suspect arrested in the murder of Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman shot dead July 1 in San Francisco, appears to have Keep Reading…

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State education proficiency gaps exposed

Proficiency gaps suggest an inflation of performance outcomes within today’s education industry. Sitting in a classroom doesn’t guarantee proficiency. Neither does a passing grade nor a diploma. From Watchdog Arena: Proficiency. It’s what makes an education useful. States track proficiency levels, but new research from Foundation for Excellence in Education shows how variances in state tests and Keep Reading…

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