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Pennsylvania woman claimed to be lawyer for a decade

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered. Forty-five-year-old Kimberly Kitchen, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. The attorney general says Kitchen fooled Keep Reading…

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Detert’s guardianship bill advances in the Senate (FL)

TALLAHASSEE Lawmakers have reached an agreement on a bill empowering the state Department of Elder Affairs to oversee private guardians who control the lives and finances of some of Florida’s most vulnerable and elderly citizens. At the request of Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee today amended and approved Detert’s guardianship bill Keep Reading…

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San Angelo bail bondsman, defense attorney accused of forging will of alleged pedophile (TX)

A San Angelo bail bondsman and a high-power defense attorney have both been indicted on multiple felonies that center on the will of an alleged pedophile that died of natural causes last year. Ray Zapata, 63, of Zapata Bail Bonds, was booked into the county jail this morning after being picked up by a sheriff’s Keep Reading…

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Guardianship problems are widely reported but seldom fixed (NV)

Abuse by court-approved guardians is hardly new. Nor is it exclusive to Nevada or Clark County. “This is a growing crisis across the country,” said Washoe County Chief Judge David Hardy, a former family law attorney credited with reforming the guardianship system in that county. In Nevada and nationwide since the 1980s numerous studies and Keep Reading…

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Editorial: Inheritance, death taxes are draining the state (NJ)

Last week, we wrote about the Bankrate ranking of the best states in which to retire, and to no one’s surprise, New Jersey ranks near the bottom. It’s not hard to imagine why — after all, once your hair starts to turn silver, Trenton starts making plans to get its hands on your gold. If Keep Reading…

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Daughter sues elder abuse investigator over father’s will (OR)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Medford police detective who specialized in investigating elder abuse has been accused of using her expertise to exploit the dementia of a Portland lawyer before his death last year. The daughter of Victor Calzaretta says in a $4 million lawsuit filed in Portland that she was in line to Keep Reading…

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Sibling battle: Phillies co-owner Middleton in business dispute with sister (PA)

John S. Middleton, the billionaire part-owner of the Phillies, is battling in court with a younger sister over a 2003 deal in which he bought her and others out of the family’s conglomerate for about $200 million and then sold part of the firm four years later for $2.9 billion, according to documents filed in Keep Reading…

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Miami will finally try to fix its crooked guardianship programs (FL)

Last spring, New Times published the results of a five-month investigation into Miami-Dade’s guardianship system — the program set up by the courts to protect the assets of vulnerable people. Except in South Florida, it had become a politically-connected, un-regulated cesspool of abuse. One year later, as Tallahassee works to overhaul the guardianship system statewide, Keep Reading…

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Filings in lawsuit on Tom Benson’s mental health will be withheld from public (TX/LA)

The lawsuit over the mental fitness of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will continue mostly out of public view from here on. Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese ordered the entire case file sealed this week. No more documents submitted to the court in the fight between Benson and his estranged former Keep Reading…

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Marvin Gaye’s family in ugly feud after $7.4m ‘Blurred Lines’ payout as his widow accuses his ‘penniless’ sisters of ‘picking on his bones’ and they say ‘he would have hated to see us like this’

The sisters, who are 69 and 78, say they cannot even perform his songs – despite Zeola singing the actual line in Got to Give it Up which was at the center of the legal case. In what they say is a bitter irony, Gaye’s wife and children will receive the $7.4m while Zeola and Keep Reading…

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Temple-area bond proposals offer new local government debt opportunities (TX)

Texas local government debt ranks second highest among the top 10 most populous states. Undeterred, however, May 9 will bring a new round of bond elections in Temple and throughout the state whereby voters donning financial personas of the oft-used and ever so appropriate drunken sailor spending analogy will approve new debt opportunities promoted by Keep Reading…

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Judge denies Harris Lewis’ bid to protect bond in missing Probate Court funds case (GA)

A visiting judge on Friday denied a request by Chatham County Probate Judge Harris Lewis that the county be barred from surrendering his $100,000 bond in a dispute over missing money from the court until a judicial determination of the facts in the case. The action by Superior Court Judge Albert Rahn III of Reidsville Keep Reading…

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Threatened with estate tax, Israel’s rich are taking precautions

Moshe Kahlon, the presumed finance minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s next government, is at best weeks away from starting work, but already Israel’s wealthiest are taking precautions in case Kahlon makes good on his promise to impose an estate tax. Faced with a large part of their estates ending up with the tax authorities, Keep Reading…

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A dental health care alternative with teeth? (TX)

Access to health care is becoming problematic on many fronts. Here’s one important approach currently under consideration by the Texas Legislature. From Watchdog Arena: As the Texas Legislature studies measures to address the growing challenge of health care access, two bills specifically target dental provider shortages by creating new opportunity for dental hygiene practitioners (DHPs)– Keep Reading…

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MLK heirs get more time to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel (GA)

ATLANTA (AP) – A judge is giving the children of Martin Luther King Jr. more time to try to resolve a dispute over their father’s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize without a trial. King’s estate, controlled by his sons, last year asked a judge to order their sister to surrender the items. In Keep Reading…

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