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Lawyers Behaving Badly – Part One        John Browning March 25, 2008 Dallas Blog http://www.dallasblog.com/200803251002255/john-browning-s-legally-speaking/lawyers-behaving-badly-part-one.html Like virtually every lawyer out there, I was required to take a law school class called “Professional Responsibility” and to pass a test called Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) as part of being admitted to the practice of law.  The class Keep Reading…

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“Final Indignities” worth another look

In 1995, the St. Petersburg Times won a fifth Pulitzer Prize for an editorial investigation called Final Indignities.  This four-part series exposed flaws in Florida’s probate system and detailed ways in which estates are mishandled by lawyers and executors.  While Florida might provide an abundance of these cases due to the state’s demographic composition, the Keep Reading…

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Final indignities

On four consecutive Sundays, beginning Aug. 28, 1994, the St. Petersburg Times published a different kind of editorial. Final Indignities examined the estate system, based on months of research and writing by editorial staff member Jeffrey Good. It appeared on the front page of the Perspective section to convey its importance. Floridians should be able Keep Reading…

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One step forward, two steps back

Here at Estate of Denial, we’d like to be optimistic and believe that criminal prosecutions of likely Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases might ultimately help deter the increasing numbers of financial exploitation and probate abuse cases.  However, reading this story from California of how a police department “inadvertently destroyed several pieces of prosecution evidence” Keep Reading…

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With friends like these…?

Probation set for couple in financial case Brian Hamlin March 19, 2008 TheReporter.com http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_8624241 After more than five years of court hearings and a steadily shrinking prosecution case, a Vacaville couple arrested on multiple counts of financial elder abuse was placed on probation Tuesday following earlier no-contest pleas to one count each of tax evasion. Keep Reading…

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The tricks of the trade

Estate of Denial regularly enjoys attorney John Browning’s Legally Speaking columns that are posted at Dallas Blog (http://www.dallasblog.com/).  Mr. Browning’s latest piece entitled “The Tricks of the Trade” (http://www.dallasblog.com/200803181002207/john-browning-s-legally-speaking/the-tricks-of-the-trade.html) discusses how and why many people associate trickery and deception with the legal profession.  Readers of this web site know that lawyers are often important components Keep Reading…

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The Tricks of the Trade        John Browning March 18, 2008 Dallas Blog http://www.dallasblog.com/200803181002207/john-browning-s-legally-speaking/the-tricks-of-the-trade.html Trickery and deception are things that society tends to associate with the legal profession.  Clients will sometimes ask me if I can secretly tape a conversation with a witness (I can’t), or pull some other type of underhanded move, and I have Keep Reading…

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Let the looting begin?

We hope that’s not the case, but these latest articles on Britney Spears’ conservatorship status are cause for concern.  Considering the nature of the issues in dispute, two different courts requiring psychiatric evaluations doesn’t seem inappropriate (http://www.estateofdenial.com/?p=316). Why, however, can they not coordinate a single evaluation to be used in both venues?  Both courts are working within Keep Reading…

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Britney has to pay dad for being her conservator

Pop Star’s Estate Must Give James Spears $2,500 a Week, Court Orders The Associated Press March 11, 2008 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23506709/ LOS ANGELES – Being Britney Spears’ father is now a paying gig — through most of the summer, at least. A court has ordered the troubled pop star’s estate to pay James Spears’ $2,500 in weekly Keep Reading…

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Britney faces two psych evaluations

Jan Heger March 10, 2008 PageSix.com (http://www.pagesix.com) http://www.pagesix.com/story/britney+faces+two+psych+evaluations Britney Spears’ conservatorship hearing has concluded, after a physician’s report on the singer’s status was submitted and attorney Samuel Ingham gave the court an update on her well-being. Brit faces not one but two psychiatric evaluations in May, as both the probate court (where her conservatorship case Keep Reading…

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Slow justice system aids those seeking to loot assets

This elder financial exploitation story out of North Carolina accentuates some important points to keep in mind when dealing with or trying to understand (good luck!) Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions.  First, if an IRA target is a live elderly person, asset poachers recognize the advantage to draw out proceedings so as to hopefully Keep Reading…

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Justice often slow for elder crimes

Experts Seek Tools to Fight Rise in Abuse Thomas Goldsmith, Staff Writer (thomas.goldsmith@newsobserver.com or 919-829-8929) March 10, 2008 The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/991319.html CLINTON – So far, Mary Morris has spent three years and $73,000 to get back just part of the $475,000 that was withdrawn from her mother’s accounts by the relative Keep Reading…

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“Grave” problems ahead: looting assets of the dead and disabled

This column is an adaptation of a previous piece entitled “’Grave’ Problems in Texas.”  The original piece is archived at http://www.estateofdenial.com/?p=283.  Besides introducing the concept of Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA), this condensed piece also provides a valuable overview regarding the instruments often used in IRA actions.       “Grave” Problems Ahead:  Looting Assets of the Dead and Disabled  Lou Keep Reading…

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“Grave” problems ahead

“Grave” Problems Ahead:  Looting Assets of the Dead and Disabled Lou Ann Anderson March 8, 2008 Grave robbers.  Tomb raiders.  Cronies who plunder and rape estates.  These are characterizations used to describe experiences in probate systems across the U.S.   Guardianships, trusts and wills are vehicles commonly used to perpetrate Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions.  Keep Reading…

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“You would not believe some of the stuff we see”

Fraudsters, Even Family Members, Prey on Elderly Ann Marie McQueen (ann.marie.mcqueen@sunmedia.ca) March 2, 2008 The Ottawa Sun http://ottsun.canoe.ca/News/OttawaAndRegion/2008/03/02/pf-4887288.html When she went to see her elderly dad at his nursing home, the 63-year-old woman, his primary caregiver and keeper of his power of attorney, found he was gone. Her older brother — the one her 87-year-old Keep Reading…

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