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Adult children’s applications for guardianship do not guarantee justice for the elderly (TX/NY)

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — By the time my 80-year-old father, James Fairley, boarded a flight to New York City in October 2014, the probate court in Bexar County had dismissed my guardianship application. That’s not surprising given the fact that some 37% of judges, court managers and clerks who responded to a Center for Elders and Keep Reading…

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Trustee: I had responsibility to slow Tom Benson’s swap of Saints, Pelicans stock (TX/LA)

A Texas-based trustee targeted in a lawsuit by Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson said he had a “fiduciary responsibility” to temporarily block the 87-year-old billionaire’s attempt to swap out some $500 million worth of stock in the teams out the trust funds of Benson’s estranged daughter and grandchildren. Benson on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to force trustee Keep Reading…

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Florida’s broken guardianship system could finally get overhauled this year

Last May, New Times published an investigation into abuse in Florida’s guardianship programs. The report showed that in cases across the state, court-appointed guardians were taking advantage of the elderly and incapacitated people they were supposed to protect. Nearly a year later, Florida’s much-maligned system may finally get the overhaul it needs. A half-dozen bills Keep Reading…

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James Brown estate abuse reminds of Sunshine Week, public information importance (SC)

This week (March 15 – 21) is Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information with emphasis on what it means for you and your community. Legendary entertainer James Brown took great pains to ensure the creation of a clear and thorough estate plan. Despite Brown’s significant efforts, legal actions related to his Keep Reading…

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Benson heirs release 1st statement, say teams should stay in N.O. (TX/LA)

Tom Benson’s children and grandchildren say they want the Saints and Pelicans to stay in New Orleans. It comes amid speculation that Renee Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc would move the teams out of the Crescent City if they win the legal battle for control of the franchises. The email says the three Keep Reading…

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Chatham County: Probate judge, clerk on their own in missing money flap (GA)

Chatham County attorneys on Monday asked a judge to declare that Probate Judge Harris Lewis and his former chief clerk Kim Birge are not county employees in a bid to distance the county from pending suits over money Birge allegedly stole from the court. The action, filed in Chatham County Superior Court by County Attorney Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson sues trustee of relatives’ trusts in New Orleans federal court as family dispute takes another twist (TX/LA)

After being turned down twice by a trustee he handpicked, Tom Benson on Wednesday filed suit in federal court asking a judge to allow him to extract his professional sports teams from trusts set aside for his estranged daughter and her children. The lawsuit comes after Robert A. “Bobby” Rosenthal — the lawyer overseeing trusts Keep Reading…

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Bronx estate lawyer who stole from clients’ wills sentenced to pay $150,000 fine (NY)

A Bronx estate lawyer who admitted to using dead clients as his personal ATMs walked out of court Monday a free man – but with his wallet a bit lighter. Michael Lippman, who the Daily News exposed as stealing thousands of dollars from clients’ wills while working for nearly three decades as a public administrator, Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson attacks Texas judge’s decision in appeal (TX/LA)

The San Antonio judge who temporarily suspended Tom Benson as steward of a trust set up for the benefit of a now-estranged daughter turned “Texas law on its head” by handing control of the trust to two high-priced lawyers instead of taking less severe measures, attorneys for the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Keep Reading…

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Emails in Brown case released (SC)

NEWBERRY — This past July, Judge Eugene Griffith ordered Attorney General Alan Wilson to release emails under the Freedom of Information Act in reference to the James Brown estate case and then followed that with an order for the emails that were withheld in January. Sue Summer, who writes for The Newberry Observer, was the Keep Reading…

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Livermore financial elder abuse case moves to Hayward courtroom (CA)

PLEASANTON — The case of a Dublin man, who investigators say admitted to stealing the life savings of an elderly Livermore man with Alzheimer’s disease while working as a Chase bank employee, will move to Hayward after a Pleasanton judge declined to approve a plea deal that would have dropped a felony charge of financial Keep Reading…

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A messy family battle for New Orleans teams (TX/LA)

NEW ORLEANS — Tom Benson sat at the head of a wooden conference table unruffled in a dark business suit, with a crisp aqua necktie and a handkerchief neatly tucked in his breast pocket. One after another, the top executives who run his two teams — the N.F.L.’s Saints and the N.B.A.’s Pelicans — offered Keep Reading…

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Death tax for my six children is no joke: Sir Bruce Forsyth says inheritance should go to family more than your country (UK)

His many decades of entertaining on stage and screen have earned Sir Bruce Forsyth a considerable fortune. And with six children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, it’s no surprise the entertainer, 87, wants to be able to share as much of the wealth with them as possible. But while he may be known more for Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson-appointed trustee again rejects proposed asset swap with relatives’ trusts (TX/LA)

Despite substantially increasing what he’s offering to place in a group of trusts set up for his spurned heirs in exchange for canceling shares in his billion-dollar business empire that are held by those trusts, Tom Benson is still not offering a fair trade, according to the person Benson appointed to watch out for his Keep Reading…

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Bob Marley’s heirs preserve multimillion-dollar trial win against merchandisers

On Friday, Bob Marley’s children got the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a trial victory against merchandisers. The win presents good news for celebrities who might find their faces unwillingly be used on a T-shirt. Marley’s heirs are behind a company called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, which controls the late reggae star’s likeness Keep Reading…

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