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Woman stole over $100K by altering stepfather’s will, investigators say (FL)

A Tamarac woman is accused of altering her stepfather’s will to steal more than $100,000 in inheritance from two sibling beneficiaries. Brigitte Lee Gursky, 46, forged documents and lied about it, according to the arrest warrant. Gursky allegedly filed court documents shortly after Troy Barger Sr. died in July 2013, falsifying the value of his Keep Reading…

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta snubs adopted son from $26M will ‘after high-profile falling out over son’s clothes label’

Late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has snubbed his adopted son – a designer at his label – in his $26 million will after the pair fell out 10 years ago. Moises de la Renta was adopted by the couturier from an orphanage in the Dominican Republic following the death of his first wife Keep Reading…

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Robin Williams estate settlement delayed as dispute among heirs drags on (CA)

A California judge on Monday gave lawyers two more months to resolve disputes over the division of comedian Robin Williams’ estate centered on several hundred personal effects and a fund to maintain his San Francisco Bay Area home. Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider Williams, who is living in the home, and the comedian’s three adult children Keep Reading…

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Ernie Banks estate executor must disclose memorabilia sales, joint account records

CHICAGO (WLS) — The wife of late Cubs legend Ernie Banks will have to wait longer to find out how much the hall of famer’s estate is worth. After the death of the Cubs legend, fans can hold a part of Banks’ legacy for $125 or $500. One website had been selling Banks’ memorabilia for Keep Reading…

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Man who helped shine spotlight on guardianship abuse in Florida dies at age 101

A man whose story prompted an I-Team investigation that led to reform in Florida and drew national attention to the problem of guardianship abuse has died. Willi Berchau passed away peacefully Wednesday at a local hospice facility at age 101. He became a friend to all of us on the I-Team for his courage, his Keep Reading…

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Audrey Hepburn’s kids still fighting over her stuff

It’s been more than 22 years since Audrey Hepburn’s death, and her two sons still can’t divide up her belongings. The late “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” star’s children, Sean Ferrer from her first marriage and Luca Dotti from her second marriage, are fighting over a storage unit filled with posters, photos, costumes, awards and other memorabilia, Keep Reading…

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Public mistrust judges find accounting irregularities, prompting review at public guardian (CA)

Monterey County resident James Green is what’s known as a “dependent adult,” someone with a medical condition along the lines of dementia or Alzheimer’s that renders him unable to handle his own needs. He is under the care of the Monterey County Public Guardian’s Office, the agency tasked with caring for those adults who through Keep Reading…

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Killer Gold Coast son stripped of mother’s estate (AUS)

A Gold Coast man who killed his mother just a month after she made him the sole beneficiary of her estate will inherit nothing after his older brother mounted a legal challenge to her will. Stephen Pike was convicted of the manslaughter of his 62-year-old mother Suellen Pike in December 2013, despite the fact the Keep Reading…

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What to expect on final day of Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s mental competency trial (TX/LA)

Tom Benson’s attorneys put their final witness on the stand Thursday in a defense case intended to rebut the mental incompetence allegations — levied by estranged relatives of the Saints and Pelicans owner — that could strip him of his power to oversee his business affairs. Dr. John Thompson, one of three psychiatrists who evaluated Keep Reading…

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Businessman who ripped off vulnerable pensioners by selling fake wills is jailed (UK)

A BUSINESS man who ripped off vulnerable, sick pensioners by duping them to buy fake wills has been jailed. Samuel Eaton targeted elderly victims in Runcorn and Widnes to mis-sell them wills and trust deeds while trading as The Pensioners’ Association and The Senior Citizens’ Advice Centre. His leaflets gave the impression he was affiliated to Keep Reading…

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Couple wills entire $847,000 estate to US government

SEATTLE — Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets. But last month, as Peter and Joan Petrasek had wished in their wills, a cashier’s check for $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of Treasury. The Petraseks had left their total accumulated wealth, of cash in the bank and Keep Reading…

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Lincoln County lawyer disbarred for misappropriating $1.6 million (NC)

A lawyer who practiced at a prestigious Lincoln County law firm has been disbarred after admitting in court documents to misappropriating about $1.6 million entrusted to him as the executor of an estate. According to an affidavit in which he agreed to surrender his law license, Peter Capece admitted using the money for personal benefit. Keep Reading…

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Charity loses courtroom bid for Nina Wang’s $14 billion fortune

Hong Kong’s highest court has ruled that a charity entrusted with the late property tycoon Nina Wang’s multibillion-dollar estate will have to follow her will to the letter. The Chinachem Charitable Foundation saw its final attempt to exercise greater control over Wang’s HK$82 billion (S$14 billion) fortune quashed by the Court of Final Appeal on Keep Reading…

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Judge sucking cash from woman with dementia’s estate: suit (NY)

A Hamptons judge once censured by the state took advantage of a wealthy, legally blind, dementia-stricken Manhattan woman just so he could suck legal fees out of her estate, according to a lawsuit. So many strangers had been worming their way into 85-year-old Frances Coles’ life in the years before she died, her daughter Diana Keep Reading…

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Family still fighting to recover losses from state’s handling of man’s properties (ME)

ROCKLAND, Maine — Mediation has failed to resolve a legal battle over the state’s sale of a waterfront home for less than half its value while the owner was in a mental hospital. Two lawsuits remain in progress in the state’s Business and Consumer Court in Portland over the Owls Head property sale, damage to Keep Reading…

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