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Fla. millionaire, missing since 2012, declared dead

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A judge on Thursday officially declared a Florida millionaire missing since 2012 deceased, reports CBS Miami. Guma Aguiar went missing after leaving his Fort Lauderdale home June 19, 2012 to board his boat, which was later found washed ashore, He hasn’t been seen since. Court documents say his wife and his Keep Reading…

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2 snr lawyers jailed for 30 days (Liberia)

The ongoing legal battle over the estate of the late Milad Hage entered a critical stage yesterday when two of the lawyers representing Balsam Jawahary were jailed for 30 days each for allegedly forging the signature of the Clerk of the Monthly and Probate Court, Edwin S. Boiman, Sr. Counselors Milton D. Taylor and J. Keep Reading…

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Robin Williams’s widow and children tangle over estate (CA)

Nearly six months after the death of Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning actor and comedian, his widow and his children have become engaged in a contentious legal dispute over his estate. Court documents filed in December and January outline a bitter disagreement over money and property between the widow, Susan Schneider Williams, who was Mr. Keep Reading…

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Mom accused of scamming daughter out of $48K trust fund (NY)

A city welfare worker scammed her own daughter out of a $48,000 trust fund left by her late father, who was tragically shot to death during a robbery in Florida in 2006, according to a new lawsuit. “I want what’s mine,” fumed Vanessa Nieves, 21. She learned late last year that her mother, Gloria Torres, Keep Reading…

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Lawyer gets 16 months in prison for fleecing the estate of a disabled Army vet (OH)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An attorney was sentenced to 16 months in prison Tuesday for siphoning $262,000 from the estate of a disabled Army veteran. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick sentenced Kevin Purcell, 62, formerly of Middleburg Heights, after hearing how the attorney stole the money from the estate of John Kane, who suffered from Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson’s daughter closes Texas restaurant amid family legal battle (TX/LA)

Entangled in a legal battle with her father, Renee Benson — the daughter of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson — has closed a restaurant she owns outside San Antonio. A note on the Facebook page for Renee Benson’s Uptown Blanco Restaurant said it would be “temporarily closed for maintenance and repairs” for Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriage licenses

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, together for more than 30 years, made history Thursday by participating in Texas’ first same-sex marriage, despite a statewide ban. Hours later, however, the Texas Supreme Court blocked other gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a legal challenge by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The state high court did Keep Reading…

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Caregiver sentenced in financial elder abuse case (CA)

Diagnosed with cancer and no longer able to live on his own, 87-year-old Lawrence Fusha needed a caregiver and was introduced in 2011 to Matthew Taylor by a trusted friend. Within a few months, Fusha was dead and money and property valued at almost $200,000 had been taken. On Monday, Taylor, 42, a pastor who Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson to appeal judge’s decision to remove him as overseer of Texas trust

Tom Benson intends to appeal a San Antonio court’s decision to oust him as steward of a Texas trust set up for his now-estranged daughter, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Attorneys for the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans have filed a notice of appeal with the Bexar County Probate Court in Keep Reading…

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Louis Aldridge pleads guilty to embezzlement (MS)

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The man accused of taking money and other items while holding power of attorney has pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office says Louis Aldridge entered the guilty plea during a hearing Wednesday in Lee County Circuit Court. Aldridge was accused of taking nearly $550,000 Keep Reading…

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Kim Birge, Chatham County sued in disputed missing Probate Court funds (GA)

The families of five children of victims of the 2008 fire and explosion at the Imperial Sugar Refinery on Thursday sued former Probate Court clerk Kim Birge, Chatham County and a bank for the alleged theft of money held in trust for the children. The suit, filed by attorney Brent Savage in Chatham County State Keep Reading…

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Texas school finance lawsuit makes case for school choice

Unintended consequences? Poetic justice? Perhaps both! More than half of Texas’ 1,000+ public school districts using are taxpayer funds to sue taxpayers in order to get more taxpayer dollars is an insult. Ironically, however, it also makes the case of the need for school choice – the last thing the monopolistic education industry wants. From Keep Reading…

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Texas attorney general requests review of same-sex marriage ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the state Supreme Court to review a probate judge’s order that found the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Probate Judge Guy Herman on Tuesday determined the ban unconstitutional in an order addressing a dispute over an Austin woman’s estate. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir called his order Keep Reading…

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Overturned wills (CAN)

When Eric Spence died two years ago, with no family at his bedside, the Jamaican-born man left a last will and testament that disinherited the daughter he raised and left all his belongings to the daughter he hadn’t seen in more than thirty years. “I specifically bequeath nothing to my daughter, Verolin Spence, as she Keep Reading…

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Rita LeBlanc loses seats on NFL committees as feud with grandfather continues (TX/LA)

Fired from her job as a high-ranking Saints executive, Rita LeBlanc also has lost her spot on two NFL committees, a league source said Thursday. LeBlanc — the granddaughter of Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL’s Saints and the NBA’s Pelicans — had served on the NFL’s Employee Benefits and International committees. But the Keep Reading…

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