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Judge rules B.B. King’s manager will continue to run his estate

Blues legend B.B. King’s longtime manager was appointed personal representative of his estate Thursday over the objection of five of his daughters. Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman made the ruling after a hearing in the probate case. She said King’s plans were expressed in his 2007 will, which designated manager LaVerne Toney as the Keep Reading…

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Belgian doctors are euthanizing patients without their consent

(CNSNews.com) — A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law. The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention Keep Reading…

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August court date set for Susan Van Note after mistrial in murder case (KS)

A Lee’s Summit lawyer now will go on trial Aug. 17 in the slayings of her millionaire father and his longtime girlfriend. Last week, when Susan Van Note was supposed to stand trial in Laclede County Circuit Court in Lebanon, Mo., a judge declared a mistrial before a jury was seated. Judge Kenneth Hayden said Keep Reading…

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Property: Daughter has share but father has will (IND)

Despite a historic amendment in 2005, the Hindu inheritance law still suffers from gender bias. It is 10 years since the daughter has been brought on a par with the son under the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 (HSA). This historic amendment of 2005 never made much of a splash though, unlike other farreaching enactments of Keep Reading…

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Siblings at war over Hugh Green’s $400 million empire (NZ)

Philanthropist and multi-millionaire Hugh Green spent his final months trying to pull together a family that was pulling itself apart. Terminally ill, he was still capable of handling routine business, like the cattle trading he had done all his life. But the elderly patriarch was uncertain on big decisions concerning the control of his $400 Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson family feud: Estranged heirs appeal competency decision (TX/LA)

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s estranged heirs have appealed a judge’s decision finding the 87-year-old mentally fit to manage his empire, arguing Benson should have testified in his competency trial. A lawyer for the billionaire’s daughter, Renee Benson, and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc said in a statement Wednesday (June 24) that Tom Benson’s refusal Keep Reading…

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Portsmouth Police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin fired (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — Subject of a disputed $2.7 million inheritance, police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin was fired Wednesday, announced Police Chief Stephen DuBois and Police Commission Chairman John Golumb. Goodwin was terminated from his position with the Portsmouth Police Department by DuBois, “with the full support of the Portsmouth Police Commission,” it was announced in a press Keep Reading…

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Disbarred attorney charged with stealing $34,000 in funds (NY)

A Flushing man who was disbarred from the practice of law in New York State in 2007 has been charged with pilfering approximately $34,247 in purported legal fees and other expenses from a client couple who had hired him to handle the estate of a friend in 2012. “Despite being disbarred five years earlier, the Keep Reading…

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Texas school choice: a legislative ‘missed opportunity’

School choice is perhaps one of the most tragic “missed opportunities” in today’s public policy arena. From Watchdog Arena: “There remains a great deal to do.” That’s the assessment of Kent Grusendorf, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom, when discussing education reform and outcomes of the 84th Texas Legislature at Keep Reading…

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Du Pont heiress paints unflattering picture of Wilmington Trust (DE)

A du Pont family heiress is asking a Delaware court to remove the once family-controlled Wilmington Trust Co. as trustee of four trusts created for her benefit, alleging the bank made imprudent investments, unjustly enriched itself and disclosed personal and confidential information to other distant family members. Anne du Pont Shirley of Rembert, South Carolina, Keep Reading…

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Woman digs up dead dad to get ‘real’ father’s $50M (NY)

She dug up her dead father so she could swap him for a rich one. A Brooklyn-raised woman could reap as much as $50 million after exhuming the body of the man she had always called “Dad” and using his DNA to prove he really wasn’t her father, The Post has learned. The dig allowed Nina Keep Reading…

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Sen. Fuller Clark wants AG review of cop’s inheritance case (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark is calling for outside intervention regarding police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin’s disputed $2.7 million inheritance and the fallout that has ensued. Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, said she was asked by a constituent to contact the attorney general’s office about the situation and she has agreed to do so. “It seems Keep Reading…

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Brooke Astor heir Anthony Marshall leaves sons out of his will; millions will go to second wife and her children (NY)

The grandsons of philanthropist Brooke Astor say they won’t contest their father’s will, which left his many millions to his second wife and her family. “I just talked to my brother. We are moving on. We’re not going to contest the will,” Philip Marshall, 62, said in a telephone interview from his home in Massachusetts. Keep Reading…

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Paul Walker’s estate sues for return of more vehicles taken after actor’s death

Paul Walker‘s estate has taken legal action against an acquaintance of the deceased actor for allegedly taking possession of a number of his vehicles within 24 hours of his death and then concealing the location of the vehicles in order to convert them for his own benefit. Walker’s estate filed suit against Richard Taylor on Keep Reading…

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Scaife heirs file objections to trust fund expenditures (PA)

The son and daughter of the late publisher and billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife filed formal objections Wednesday to the depletion of a disputed trust fund, saying that $369.1 million in payouts, plus taxes and fees, were “abuses of discretion.” David N. Scaife, 49, of Shadyside and Jennie Scaife, 51, of Florida filed the objections in Keep Reading…

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