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B.B. King estate controversy continues after his passing

The death of blues legend B.B. King last week prompted heartfelt tributes around the world. Musicians from the famous to the obscure shared their memories of King’s playing, singing, showmanship, and warm personality. But there was a dark cloud hovering over the end of the bluesman’s life, one that still hasn’t been resolved. The long-running dispute between Keep Reading…

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$46 million civil case brought by Doug Morriss’ mother goes to trial (MO)

A case brought in 2012 by Doug Morriss’ mother, Barbara Burton Morriss, is going to trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court. A jury was being selected Monday morning for the case, in which Barbara Morriss alleged that Wells Fargo Bank or its predecessors breached its fiduciary duty when it allowed assets from two Morriss Keep Reading…

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Bell County moves closer to imposing hotel occupancy tax (TX)

Bell County is one step closer to a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax that will reportedly assist with renovations and upkeep of the Bell County Expo Center. HB 2019, a bill authorizing the imposition by certain counties of a hotel occupancy tax, was heard Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development. Keep Reading…

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State Bar Court judge rules to disbar S.F. lawyer for taking funds (CA)

A State Bar Court judge has recommended that a San Francisco attorney be disbarred for taking $55,000 from the trust fund of a client who was in prison. Michael Scott Keck removed the money to repay a debt to another client, lied to his imprisoned client and concealed his actions for four years, Judge Lucy Keep Reading…

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Lawyer accused of stealing from wards gives up law license (OH)

A Columbus lawyer charged with pilfering funds from his wards while serving as a court-appointed guardian is giving up his law license. Paul S. Kormanik submitted his application to retire or resign to the Ohio Supreme Court on Dec. 17, but it was not unsealed until yesterday. Disciplinary Counsel Scott Drexel submitted his investigative report Keep Reading…

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Woman sentenced for digging up dad’s grave for ‘real will’ (NH)

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who told police she dug up her father’s grave in search of his “real will” but found only vodka and cigarettes has been sentenced to 1 ½ to three years in prison. Melanie Nash didn’t speak during her sentencing Tuesday. She told police last year she dug Keep Reading…

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County against 85-percent raise for probate judge (AL)

While some of Alabama’s 67 counties, including Marshall, are experiencing drops in their general fund balances, Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, and Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, are proposing a bill that would give Alabama’s probate judges an estimated 85-percent pay increase by 2019 and the Marshall County Commission isn’t too thrilled. “This is nothing personal with Keep Reading…

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Waco shooting and the Texas open carry debate

Will Sunday’s shooting in Waco impact the open carry debate currently underway in Texas? From Watchdog Arena: The impact of Sunday afternoon’s motorcycle gang brawl at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco remains to be seen, but it didn’t stop a Senate committee from voting to move forward on an open carry bill. The Texas Keep Reading…

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How not to save probate system (CT)

For the Charles Dickens lovers among us, probate court always has meant only one thing: “Bleak House.” Dickens’ door-stopping tome, about the interminable case of an enormous estate — and the exploits of those who want a piece of it — was the 19th-century writer’s indictment of an English court system that was ponderous and Keep Reading…

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Might Texans still see property tax relief?

As Texans continue waiting for property tax relief to materialize, here’s a recap of what’s at issue. From Watchdog Arena: Believe it or not, experts agree that the economically thriving state of Texas has a property tax problem. With only two weeks left, whether the Texas Legislature will deliver property tax relief is yet to Keep Reading…

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Inheritance dispute involving Portsmouth detective draws to a close (NH)

DOVER — A months-long dispute about whether a Portsmouth police detective took advantage of an elderly woman to position himself as the main beneficiary of her $2.7 million estate before she died is now in the hands of a judge.The estate of Geraldine Webber may not have as much money as it once did in Keep Reading…

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Family fights attorney getting millions from client’s will (MI)

Attorney Mark Papazian says he may be guilty of misconduct, but that shouldn’t nullify the will and keep him and his kids from receiving more than $14 million from a client he says was a dear friend. LANSING – When Robert (Bobby) Mardigian wanted to put his substantial financial affairs in order, he turned to Keep Reading…

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Ex-Toledoan in fraud case is released from jail (OH)

A former Toledo man accused of conspiring with two others to draw up a fake will to gain control of a $2.2 million estate has been released from jail. U.S. District Judge James Carr on Thursday put Kurt Mallory, 51, in the third-party custody of his sister who lives in Santa Claus, Ind. He was Keep Reading…

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Adviser admits taking $1M from elderly (NZ)

The elderly clients of a Rotorua financial adviser considered her to be a close friend when she stole almost $1 million from them and their family trusts. Today former financial adviser Linnet Bernadine Lewis, 51, pleaded guilty to 16 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship. An investigation by the Serious Fraud Keep Reading…

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Bobby Brown granted co-guardianship of Bobbi Kristina (GA)

Bobby Brown and Pat Houston will be co-guardians for Bobbi Kristina Brown. Their attorneys said in a statement today that the singer and the sister-in-law of Bobbi Kristina’s late mother, Whitney Houston, spent a day in court working out the agreement. “We are delighted to inform the public that the court has appointed Bobby Brown Keep Reading…

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