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Lorain County woman indicted for kidnapping her mother and illegally trying to control family estate (OH)

CLEVELAND – Jaleh Saghafi Presutto is facing felony charges of kidnapping, abduction, theft and fraud after Cuyahoga County prosecutors said she kidnapped her mother. The grand jury indictment alleges Presutto held her mother against her will at her Lorain County home and coerced her mother to give her power of attorney and change the family Keep Reading…

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Court rules journalist can publish diary in James Brown case (SC)

The South Carolina Supreme Court says a freelance journalist can publish a diary that she says is from James Brown’s widow. The justices ruled Wednesday that preventing Sue Summer from publishing Tommie Rae Brown’s writings would violate her First Amendment free press rights. The writings from Tommie Rae Brown’s diary were put under seal by Keep Reading…

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Texas judge concedes some of the grounds Benson might pursue in appeal (TX/LA)

In what to outsiders seemed to be a surprise move, lawyers for the daughter with whom Tom Benson is feuding have successfully asked a Texas judge to concede to the Saints and Pelicans owner some of the grounds he might be pursuing in his appeal of a decision about a trust of which he has Keep Reading…

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“Dad would be turning in grave” over forged will (UK)

The heartbroken family of a Worcester man who died of cancer said he would be ‘turning in his grave’ if he knew his partner had forged his will to line her own pockets. The family of Terence Powell feel ‘violated’ by the fraud committed by the late man’s partner, Ingrid Lee and her ex-husband, Chris Keep Reading…

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Proposed Texas probate bills threaten civil liberties, property rights

Think laws are about protecting the public? Not always. Check out two currently before the Texas legislature. From Watchdog Arena: Two bills currently before the Texas Legislature remind how the legal industry has effectively weaponized probate court venues and instruments –wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorneys– as mechanisms for looting assets of the living Keep Reading…

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S.C. Supreme Court takes surprise action on James Brown estate

COLUMBIA — There is “a tremendous buzz” among at least a dozen lawyers involved in the James Brown estate and trusts, following the S.C. Supreme Court’s surprise decision to stay the proceedings and gather up the orders for review. That’s according to David Bell, attorney for several children of the legendary soul singer. “It is Keep Reading…

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Report: Rita LeBlanc, Gayle Benson got into physical altercation at Saints game last season, sparked Tom Benson’s ownership changes (TX/LA)

During a New Orleans Saints game last season, owner Tom Benson’s wife, Gayle Benson, and his granddaughter Rita LeBlanc got into an argument that momentarily turned physical in Tom Benson’s suite, according to a NOLA.com report Saturday. Asked Jan. 23 at his office whether there had been a confrontation that turned physical during the Saints-Falcons Keep Reading…

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Bettencourt heiress case: judges prepare to bring L’Oreal tale to denouement

After five weeks of courtroom drama, judges will retire on Thursday to consider the story of the richest woman in France, Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the world’s largest cosmetics firm, and the charges against an eccentric celebrity photographer and dandy whom she saw has her best friend, now accused of exploiting her frail mental state Keep Reading…

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More on Texas school finance lawsuit and school choice

The Texas Supreme Court is slated to hear the state’s appeal of the massive school finance lawsuit and despite a decision expected later in the year, a Texas Public Policy Foundation report reminds of the unlikelihood that any upcoming decision will put this long-running issue to rest as well as that school choice continues emerging Keep Reading…

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S.C. Supreme Court freezes James Brown estate case

A South Carolina Supreme Court case over the estate of the late James Brown is getting more perplexing, attorneys said Wednesday, as a recent court order has put the case on hold until further notice. The state’s highest court issued the order Feb. 19, directing the Aiken County Clerk of Court to provide the S.C. Keep Reading…

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Former Sandusky lawyer charged with stealing from other clients (PA)

PITTSBURGH, Feb 20 (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania lawyer who once represented former Penn State coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is facing charges of stealing more than a half-million dollars from other clients and using the money for gambling. Karl Rominger, 41, of Carlisle, is accused of taking about $535,000 from escrow accounts that Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson’s request for an expedited appeal is denied in legal battle over Texas trust (TX/LA)

A panel of appeals judges in Texas has rejected Tom Benson’s request for an expedited review of a lower court’s decision to temporarily oust the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner as steward of a trust established for the benefit of his estranged daughter. Benson’s lawyers, in a motion filed Monday, had asked the Texas Keep Reading…

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James Brown’s sad swan song: Will poor kids ever get money for school? (SC)

COLUMBIA, SC — In life, James Brown wrote 800 songs and sang and danced his way his to rock ’n’ roll immortality. In death, the Godfather of Soul has left an ever-expanding, costly legal battle involving teams of lawyers, judges, contests over money as well as freedom of speech questions. Also at issue are the Keep Reading…

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Karoly heirs question costs to manage estates (PA)

Four nephews and a niece who will share what’s left of lawyer Peter J. Karoly and wife Dr. Lauren Angstadt’s estates filed court papers Friday objecting to more than $2.3 million in fees and payments taken from the couple’s assets. The papers, filed in Northampton County Orphans’ Court on behalf of Gregory Azar, John P. Keep Reading…

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Doctors chosen for Tom Benson mental evaluation, but judge orders that names be kept confidential (TX/LA)

The three doctors who will examine Tom Benson as part of a lawsuit brought against him by his estranged relatives were selected in time to meet a deadline Wednesday. But the judge presiding over the case has ordered that the physicians’ names and other details regarding the tests they will perform on the owner of Keep Reading…

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