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Too many probate judges or too few ethics?

Too Many Probate Judges Op-Ed March 2, 2008 The Hartford Courant http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-probate.artmar02,0,2153907.story A recent story in The Courant about small-town probate courts with little reason to exist conjured up the image of a judge drumming his fingers on his desk, blank legal pad at the ready, looking out the window in vain for a customer; Keep Reading…

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Judge operates legal practice out of local probate court

Private Shingle on a Public Court Kim Martineau (kmartineau@courant.com) February 28, 2008 The Hartford Courant http://www.topix.net/content/trb/2008/02/private-shingle-on-a-public-court On paper, it looked like Richard Guliani was running a legitimate law practice from his home. But when clients called the number on his letterhead, the phone rang at town hall, inside the probate court where he was also Keep Reading…

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Financial elder abuse (Part 2) – sometimes it starts in the home

As a final note regarding financial elder abuse and Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases, we want to put forth the prudent reminder that while adult children, caregivers and other “fast friends” are potential sources for fiscal fiendery, the elderly targeting each other is a common though not so regularly discussed scenario.  The article listed Keep Reading…

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Financial elder abuse (Part 1) – all your life you’ve waited for this?

Estate of Denial has come across many articles of late regarding elder abuse.  In keeping with this site’s theme regarding the Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA), our research has focused on financial elder abuse.  As technological advances allow people across the world to live longer than ever before, more financial elder abuse cases are also Keep Reading…

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Abuse of power case

In another Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) case, an Ohio woman was recently convicted of befriending a woman to get power of attorney over her.  A jury found Lisa Hanusosky guilty of two counts of theft and one count of forgery with regard to power of attorney activities for Lucille New, now 86.   This case Keep Reading…

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Probate corruption: what v. why

In a recent e-mail exchange with Tom from Ohio, the comment was made that the lack of oversight with regards to judges and lawyers is important.  It was also stated that duping DNR’s or those heavily medicated by having them sign legal documents while incapacitated or as a result of undue influence was already illegal.  Keep Reading…

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NYC guardian abuse exposed

In a recent investigative report, New York Fox 5 reporter Mary Garofalo exposed “foxes” of another type — that is “foxes left in charge of the hen house” and the attrocious consequences that follow!  Congratulations to the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse for their participation in this story.  As many IRA victims are unable Keep Reading…

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Financial elder abuse a common IRA case component

We recently came across a web site called Spotlight on Elder Abuse (http://elder-abuse-spotlight.blogspot.com).  The site appears to have an international scope and links to some good information.  We know that Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases occur throughout the U.S., but reading the case history which inspired the establishment of this site also serves as Keep Reading…

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Elder exploitation example of candidate influence, opportunity

Tom in Ohio has spent many years trying to bring attention to the increased risk of exploitation faced by aging Americans.  During this presidential election cycle, Tom, like any good advocate, is watching to see what the candidates are saying about his issue.  Estate of Denial loves accountability.  We find it lacking in most of Keep Reading…

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Undue influence as a form of elder abuse

Elder abuse is often a component of the Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases discussed on this web site.  While the abuse in our cases is usually emotional or financial instead of physical, it still is a devastating action which no one should experience.  Margaret Singer Ph.D. was a clinical psychologist and emeritus adjunct professor Keep Reading…

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Abuse in Louisiana in the broad daylight

Over the past few days, we’ve been corresponding with Eric from Louisiana.  His father’s tragic story is detailed at http://bellsouthpwp.net/b/a/baxterericweb/lear.  Elder abuse is not an infrequent component of Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases.  Mistreatment of the elderly can occur at the hands of their spouses, children, caregivers or even sometimes attorneys.  EoD completely agrees Keep Reading…

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Oops, hope it doesn’t happen again!

Britney Spears.  No one can deny that this is one troubled young woman.  Sadly, though, her problem quota likely increased this week with the appointment of her father, Jamie Spears, and an attorney as co-conservators of her estate.  Obviously the girl needs the intervention of responsible adults into her life.  She most likely does need Keep Reading…

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How to ensure relatives don’t rip you off

Case of Astor’s Son Highlights Risks of Powers of Attorney; Requiring Regular Accounts Rachel Emma Silverman and Ashby Jones November 28, 2007 Page D1 The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119621444421006085.html Sadly, Brooke Astor is making headlines again. But there may be a lesson in the indictment of the late philanthropist’s son and a lawyer close to Keep Reading…

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Can you ensure that relatives don’t rip you off?

We came across this WSJ article that ties the Astor case to the need for “proper” estate planning.  While the article makes some good points, Estate of Denial always contends that the best laid plans are not a deterrent to Involuntary Redistribution of Assets practitioners. Proper estate planning only succeeds when executed by people who respect Keep Reading…

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Shouldn’t your final wishes matter?

One last comment on the Wade Sheffield case.  Sheffield was convicted of mismanaging the trust fund that Vida C. Miller had willed to two charities.  Mrs. Miller’s wishes appear to have been straightforward and simple.  EoD was struck when a Temple Daily Telegram (Texas) story (http://www.temple-telegram.com/story/2008/01/31/46766) quoted Bell County prosecutor Nelson Barnes saying with regard Keep Reading…

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