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Defendant in Livermore financial elder abuse case pleads not guilty (CA)

HAYWARD — A former bank employee accused of defrauding an elderly Livermore man of $118,000 of his life savings pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges of financial elder abuse. Alejandro “Alex” Ojeda, a 28-year-old Dublin resident and ex-personal banker at a JP Morgan Chase Bank branch in Livermore, is accused of stealing a Keep Reading…

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CBS sued over ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Theme by composer’s family

Who knows whether U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg watches Hawaii Five-0, but thanks to something she wrote last year, the theme song may have to change. On Thursday, CBS was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit from the children of the late Morton Stevens, a prolific, Emmy-award winning film and television score composer Keep Reading…

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Estate tax harms minority- and women-owned businesses

The United States now holds the distinction of maintaining the fourth-highest “death tax” in the world and the president’s recent budget proposal would put us at No. 1, according to a new international survey by Schoening Strategies and the Tax Foundation. It is lonely at the top, and costly, too, because the U.S. death tax Keep Reading…

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Legal battle for ‘Schindler’s list’ begins in Jerusalem

A preliminary hearing starts Wednesday in Jerusalem in a legal case that pits the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre against the estate of Oskar Schindler’s widow to decide who owns the legacy of the man who saved 1,200 Jews from the Nazis. Who owns Schindler’s list? That is the question to be decided by a Keep Reading…

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Children win family dispute over Ladue man’s $50 million fortune (MO)

CLAYTON — A bitter family dispute over a real estate magnate’s millions culminated on Monday when a jury decided the man’s socialite widow used undue influence to gain control of his company. The high-stakes drama has featured sensational allegations, a dash of Missouri political intrigue and a glimpse into the life of a wealthy Ladue Keep Reading…

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Real-estate heir blows $3.5M meant for charity on cars, hotels: suit (NY)

The heir to a Manhattan real-estate fortune squandered millions of dollars that was supposed to go to a Jewish charity, going on a spending spree that included fancy cars and posh hotels, according to court papers. The United Jewish Appeal claims it was supposed to get the remainder of a trust set up by building Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson family feud: Federal judge in Texas sets hearing on trust dispute (TX/LA)

A federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments next month on whether the fight over control of Saints owner Tom Benson’s family assets in Texas should be kept in federal court or be sent back to a San Antonio probate judge. U.S. District Judge David Ezra set the hearing for May 21 at 10 Keep Reading…

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Trusts & estates lawyers are now moneymakers: Business of law

(Bloomberg) — Trusts and estates lawyers, once second-class citizens at some large corporate firms, have become revenue producers. And at firms including Loeb & Loeb LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, the departments, which often include lawyers who specialize in tax as well as trusts and estates, are anything but Keep Reading…

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National group observes Butler County judge’s courtroom (OH)

BUTLER COUNTY — A Butler County judge’s practice concerning the severely mentally ill is being studied as part of the possible solution to the nation’s escalating mental health crisis. A group of five people from as far as Arizona and Oregon recently visited Judge Randy Rogers’ Probate Court to see how the county handles Assisted Keep Reading…

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Cop’s relationship with $2.7M beneficiary wasn’t investigated (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — When police officials received complaints four years ago about Sgt. Aaron Goodwin’s involvement with an elderly woman, who later left the officer most of her $2.7 million estate, the only person they interviewed was Goodwin. That’s according to a deposition of police Capt. Frank Warchol, taken as part of a probate court dispute over Keep Reading…

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Push for regulation of private and public guardians (FL)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Imagine yourself reaching the age of 93, you are still healthy and you have wealth, only to become a prisoner of the legal system in your own home. It is a scenario being played out in hundreds if not thousands of Florida homes. The story of Ernestine Franks of Pensacola is compelling. Keep Reading…

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Charlotte woman considering suit against Marvin Gaye’s estate (NC)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A Charlotte woman says she plans to go after the the estate of the legendary Marvin Gaye, who recently won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the writers of last summer’s mega hit “Blurred Lines.” Fonda Bryant is the daughter of soul singer, Johnnie Taylor. She never had a relationship with her Keep Reading…

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Legal battle begins over slain Covington doctor’s estate (LA)

Whether Kacie Breen committed murder when she shot her husband Wayne, a Covington physician, twice in the early morning of March 1 is being investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, but the battle over his estate has already begun. Just five days after Breen was shot, attorneys working for Kacie Breen filed a Keep Reading…

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Guardianship abuse: Enough is enough (SA)

Men who use their guardianship duties to exploit women for cash and other benefits should be punished severely, several experts have said. This comes in the wake of an increasing number of cases being heard in the country’s courts about men seeking payment or physical relationships in exchange for helping the women under their guardianship Keep Reading…

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The covert eugenics agenda: Melodie Scott and Dr. Wouter Basson

It is a generally accepted axiom that one of the primary purposes of government is to protect its citizenry. The protection may manifest in one of two ways—as security against foreign foes or as a system to apprehend and punish members of the citizenry from transgressing against other citizens. This is generally called a “system Keep Reading…

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