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EXCLUSIVE: B.B. King’s kids may be making ‘ridiculous’ claims he was poisoned because he only left them $5,000 each in his will, lawyer says

Relatives making “ridiculous” claims that B.B. King was murdered are probably upset they’re only getting four-figure payments under his will, the blues legend’s lawyer said Tuesday. “My guess is the children and grandchildren don’t like the fact he’s leaving them $3,000 and $5,000 each and then leaving the rest to his lineage for education,” lawyer Keep Reading…

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Woodbury attorney accused of stealing $1.8 million from woman’s estate (CT)

A Woodbury man is facing federal theft charges after officials say he stole $1.8 million, most of which was slated for charity, from the estate of an Oxford woman. Peter M. Clark, 57, was arrested Thursday, according to a release from Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and charged with Keep Reading…

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Waco shootout creates new legal battles (TX)

The Waco shootout may have only lasted minutes. Its repercussions are likely to endure for years. From Watchdog Arena: The Waco Twin Peaks has been cleared as a crime scene, but the financial and legal aftermath of the May 17 shootout that left 9 dead and 18 wounded is only beginning. The nature of that Keep Reading…

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New Orleans judge denies request to open Tom Benson case to media, public (TX/LA)

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese on Friday denied a request to open the courtroom and records in the Tom Benson interdiction case to the media and public. Several news organizations covering the legal battle had challenged Reese’s decision to seal records and hold a June 1 trial in the case behind closed Keep Reading…

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Court judgments create another budget deficit in Quincy (MA)

QUINCY – The record snowfall wasn’t the only thing that created a budget deficit in Quincy this year. The city’s ongoing legal battle with the Woodward School for Girls over the trust created by former President John Adams nearly 200 years ago has already cost the city $1 million in a court judgment, and it Keep Reading…

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Builder who cleaned pensioner’s gutters for free WINS £500k legal battle over inheritance (UK)

A kindly builder who cleaned out a lonely pensioner’s gutters for free – and was rewarded with a £500,000 inheritance – can hold onto the cash following a High Court ruling. Ronald Butcher, a “private and quiet” man, died at his Enfield, north London, home, aged 75, in March 2013, but his body lay undiscovered Keep Reading…

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Millennial malaise – the betrayal of America’s young

New college graduates face economic uncertainty thanks both to a lackluster economy and often, their own student debt. What isn’t so well acknowledged is the legacy of financial instability they’re inheriting thanks to imprudent public policies and associated actions of prior generations. And don’t point that finger of blame solely at government. Every time parents Keep Reading…

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BB King’s estate is ‘dragging his daughters through the mud’, says lawyer

The bitter row between BB King’s daughters and his business manager is rumbling on in the wake of the bluesman’s death, with the lawyer representing Karen Williams and Patty King saying King’s business team are “dragging mourning daughters through the mud”. Williams and King believe their father was poisoned, and have said the suspect, King’s Keep Reading…

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Banks’ estranged wife says caretaker has yet to provide key financial info (IL)

A lawyer for the estranged wife of late Cubs great Ernie Banks told a probate judge Wednesday that Banks’ longtime caregiver has failed to turn over key financial information in the ongoing legal wrangling over his estate. The development comes as Banks’ fourth wife, Elizabeth Ellzey Banks, is challenging a will signed by the slugger Keep Reading…

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Texas bill governing judges raises questions by judge over separation of powers

A longtime statutory probate judge in Harris County, Texas, is raising an issue which begs the question of where the legislature’s power over the judiciary begins and ends. It is his opinion, that Senate Bill 1876, relating to appointing attorneys, mediators, or guardians, via a rotating list, is unconstitutional as violative of the separation of Keep Reading…

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‘Clinging to guns, religion’ – or what some call freedom (TX)

Odd that freedom from intrusive government can be so controversial. From Watchdog Arena: Some call it “clinging to our guns and religion,” some call it exercising our constitutional rights. Either way, movement last week on religious and gun rights measures in the Texas Legislature signals progress in maintaining important freedoms. Read more at Watchdog Arena.

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Jury sides against Wells Fargo, awards St. Louis County woman $77 million (MO)

A St. Louis County jury has awarded an Olivette woman $77 million in a lawsuit that accused Wells Fargo of mismanaging family trusts. The award, announced late Monday, is believed to be the largest plaintiff verdict in St. Louis County history. Barbara Burton Morriss, 78, sued the San Francisco-based bank in March 2012 in St. Keep Reading…

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Man charged with stealing over $1M from uncle with dementia (MN)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Nashwauk man has been charged with stealing over a million dollars from his uncle who was suffering from dementia. Patrick Vincent Pecchia, 56, has been charged with one count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. According to the criminal complaint, officials received a report of thefts from a vulnerable adult Keep Reading…

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Texans closer to new tax relief

After weeks of reportedly contentious negotiations between Texas House and Senate leaders, terms of a $3.8 billion tax relief package impacting homeowners and businesses has been announced. Both the House and Senate must still pass the measure prior to the legislative session’s June 1 adjournment. It will also require voter approval in November, but the Keep Reading…

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Investigation: Guarding the guardians (TX)

ROCKWALL, Texas – No one likes to think about end-of-life decisions. But if you’ve got family and a legal plan, no one can interfere, right? In Texas, a guardianship can take away everything you’ve set up — even remove your family from the picture. Hard to believe? It is happening in Texas. Guardianships have been Keep Reading…

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