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UBS Financial Services accused of trust fraud

UBS Financial Services is being sued for $4.5 million by the beneficiaries of a trust. The suit says that UBS breached its fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries by mismanaging the trust’s assets. The trust’s primary beneficiary, Sanchez Carmona, claims the brokerage firm mismanaged the trust in order to generate management fees and commissions for itself. Keep Reading…

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Texas lawmakers take on taxpayer-funded lobbying

Taxpayer-funded lobbying is an affront to the taxpayers who finance government presumably to protect their own, not government’s interests. Check out how two Texas lawmakers are taking on this hideous practice. From Watchdog Arena: From banning office visits by taxpayer-funded lobbyists to filing legislation preventing local entities’ use of public dollars for lobbying efforts, two Keep Reading…

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Daughter of L’Oréal heiress says artist plotted to ‘destroy’ family

The daughter of France’s richest woman told a courtroom on Friday that millionaire artist François-Marie Banier conspired to ruin relations between the two women as a dramatic legal case came to a head in the southwest city of Bordeaux. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, who has accused Banier and others of taking advantage of her elderly and hugely Keep Reading…

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Inheritance dispute leads to lawsuit (TX)

A Jefferson County woman is suing over an inheritance dispute. Theresa Hartley, agent in fact for Thomas Lee Thibodeaux, filed a lawsuit Oct. 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Melissa Campbell. According to the complaint, Thibodeaux was married to Nina LaPierre when she passed away Sept. 11, 2001, leaving a holographic will that gave Keep Reading…

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Travis judge rules Texas gay-marriage ban unconstitutional

A Travis County judge ruled Tuesday that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but there was no rush to the altar after county officials — scrambling to understand the impact of the judge’s 3 p.m. order — decided against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least for now. Travis County Probate Judge Keep Reading…

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Lawyer charged with stealing from wards, bilking burial (OH)

A grand jury has accused a Columbus lawyer who served as court-appointed guardian for more than 400 people of stealing from his wards and from taxpayers. Paul S. Kormanik was indicted on 11 charges yesterday. One is a first-degree felony accusing him of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a violation of Ohio’s RICO Keep Reading…

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Corruption claims rekindled in estate battle (FL)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CN) – A Florida lawyer claims he has new evidence that Panamanian Supreme Court justices were bribed into stripping him of control over a $150 million estate. Attorney Richard Lehman says he secured an affidavit to help prove the foreign court illegally removed him from his position as executor of his Keep Reading…

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French multi-millionaire takes stand in L’Oreal heiress trial

A French multi-millionaire artist was the first to take the stand on Wednesday in the trial of 10 people accused of exploiting L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, just days after one defendant tried to kill himself. Francois-Marie Banier, a 67-year-old photographer and author who is godfather to Johnny Depp’s daughter, is suspected of having taken advantage Keep Reading…

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Negligence lawsuit filed against original lawyers in Howie Chizek estate handling (OH)

Dec. 19–The Twinsburg home of late WNIR radio talk-show host Howie Chizek was “damaged down to the bone” in the winter after his June 2012 death. According to professional negligence claims filed last week in a Summit County civil lawsuit, two Cleveland lawyers who initially worked on the estate failed to properly winterize the home, Keep Reading…

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What happened to me when I turned to probate court for help with elder care (TX)

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — In 2011, my 80-year-old father began living in a private assisted living facility in San Antonio called Horizon Bay that cost an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 a month. It was a happy place for him until new owners acquired the residence and made it part of a larger chain of retirement Keep Reading…

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‘Surprised’ judge to hear cop’s inheritance case Tuesday (NH)

PORTSMOUTH – A judge will hear arguments on Tuesday about whether or not two internal police reports, pertaining to police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin’s $2.7 inheritance, should be made public. Judge Gary Cassavechia issued an order scheduling the Jan. 27 hearing, while noting he’s “surprised” that Goodwin has not filed a court pleading “addressing such concerns Keep Reading…

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L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt trial opens with suicide revelation

BORDEAUX: The trial of ten people accused of exploiting France’s richest woman Liliane Bettencourt began on Monday with the revelation that one of the accused had tried to kill himself on the eve of his appearance. Alain Thurin, 64, a former nurse for the frail L’Oreal heiress, hung himself in the woods near his house, Keep Reading…

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Judge orders release of emails in James Brown estate lawsuit (SC)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A judge says South Carolina officials must release emails concerning the diary of James Brown’s widow and other documents related to the nearly decade-long fight over the late soul singer’s estate. Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith Jr. on Friday told the state Attorney General’s Office it has 10 days to produce the documents, Keep Reading…

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Texas judge in Tom Benson case made rare move, expert says (TX/LA)

When a Texas probate judge this week named the former mayor of San Antonio and a trust lawyer to take control of a trust fund from Saints owner Tom Benson, it came as a surprise to veteran Texas attorney Gerry Beyer. Officially, former mayor Phil Hardberger and trust attorney Art Bayern were named co-receivers of a trust that Keep Reading…

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Mutual fund billionaire accused of fraud in suit (NY)

Charles B. Johnson has been lauded for numerous accomplishments. He built Franklin Resources, the publicly traded mutual fund business, into a juggernaut that has nearly $900 billion under management and a market value of about $34 billion. He is a highly respected philanthropist, recently pledging $250 million to Yale University, his alma mater. He is Keep Reading…

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