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We can fight the system – and win!

In December 2007, an Estate of Denial update described a 2006 Texas Senate Jurisprudence Committee hearing in which testimony was heard regarding probate corruption and abuses here in Texas (http://www.estateofdenial.com/?p=32).  This EoD update included video of emotional testimony in which various types of Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases were detailed.  A subsequent column entitled “‘Grave’ Keep Reading…

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Probate terrorism 101

Anyone who in any way values property rights should be appalled at a story circulating the internet regarding Norman Baker, a retired Ohio firefighter who has apparently been taken hostage by an Ohio probate court.  We’ve posted the story here at Estate of Denial (http://www.estateofdenial.com/?p=327) and hope you will read it.  A few days ago, EoD Keep Reading…

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Probate abuse via unwanted guardianship

How an unwanted guardianship cost a firefighter his freedom and his fortune Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman March 22, 2008 The Free Press http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/20/2008/3056 Norman Baker is an American hero who has been detained against his will for more than three years. His “crime”: owning too much property.  His sentence: a court-appointed guardianship on the Keep Reading…

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Badly behaving lawyers

Yes, for the last few weeks we’ve been seriously railing about dishonest lawyers.  We like talking about the inconsiderate ones, too.  What can you do when material just keeps coming????  EoD was in a courtroom earlier this week in which an attorney showed up 10 minutes late for a hearing and offered no apologies.  Upon learning of the Keep Reading…

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Legally speaking

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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Legally speaking

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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