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Executor charged with stealing $200,000

Former funeral director expected to plead guilty Paul A. Romer January 3, 2008 Temple-Telegram.com http://www.temple-telegram.com/story/2008/01/03/46081 BELTON – The former owner of Sheffield Funeral Home is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Jan. 30 on a charge that he misused more than $200,000 that a woman had willed to charity, according to Bell County documents. Hall Keep Reading…

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“Grave” Problems in Texas: Looting Assets of the Dead and Disabled

Lou Ann Anderson December 2007 US~Observer http://www.usobserver.com/archive/dec-07/texas-grave-problems.htm Grave robbers. Tomb raiders. Cronies who plunder and rape estates. These are characterizations used to describe experiences with the Texas probate system. Guardianships, trusts and wills are vehicles commonly used to perpetrate Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions. Trusts and wills can lead to modern day grave robbing, Keep Reading…

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Final wishes dishonored

A recent Temple Daily Telegram (Texas) story illustrates the continued existence of modern day grave robbing, also known as Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA). The case centers on a former funeral home owner who is scheduled to enter a guilty plea later this month on a charge that he misused funds a woman had willed Keep Reading…

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New and improved Estate of Denial!

While 2008 is poised to be a challenging year, positive developments often result from difficult situations. Here at Estate of Denial, we are not afraid of hard work and look forward to a future abundant with opportunities to expose Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions and practitioners. Through these efforts, we hope to create awareness Keep Reading…

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The Texas Senate Committee on Jurisprudence

The Texas Senate Committee on Jurisprudence held a public hearing on October 11, 2006, to address the committee’s charge of conducting a thorough and detailed study of the following issues: 1. Examine and make recommendations relating to the jurisdiction of statutory county courts, including the development of standardized language for Chapter 25, Government Code, to Keep Reading…

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After posting the recent story

After posting the recent story about Anthony Marshall, son of Brooke Astor, being indicted on Involuntary Redistribution of Assets-type charges, Tom from Ohio made this great suggestion: I agree with you.  Why not address your remarks to Julie Smyth (jsmyth@ap.org), the AP reporter whom I called and wrote when I came across her report of Keep Reading…

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Recent headlines

Recent headlines announce how Anthony Marshall, the 83-year-old son of socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor, has been indicted on charges that he looted his mother’s $198 million estate and induced her to sign a new will leaving her fortune to him. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071128/ap_on_re_us/brooke_astor) A New York district attorney says the indictment charges that Marshall and his Keep Reading…

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Good things are happening

Good things are happening at Estate of Denial! Within the next few weeks, this site will take on a different look. It will be blog-based so as to encourage participation from Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) victims as well as others who are interested in this important policy issue. We want to hear your IRA Keep Reading…

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On this Thanksgiving Eve

On this Thanksgiving Eve, Estate of Denial is appreciative of much.  What an incredible experience to live in this land where freedom and legitimate opportunities are abundant.  With so much to gain via honest and legal means, the Involuntary Redistribution of Assets activities we highlight become even more tawdry and illustrative of a well-populated dark Keep Reading…

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Good news from the Texas Office of Court Administration

Good news from the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA)!  A phone conversation with Sandy Mabbett of the OCA concluded with her agreeing to send the requested probate court fee authorization reports to Estate of Denial (EoD) in the upcoming days.  She indicated that the records are public records, regardless of what rule under which Keep Reading…

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Government Transparency: A Murky Proposition

The Estate of Denial (EoD) News Archive features a great series on Texas probate courts and related issues written by Lise Olsen of the Houston Chronicle. In one article, Lise reported on a Texas Supreme Court ruling from more than 10 years ago which demanded that probate courts report fees of $500+ ordered paid by Keep Reading…

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The Lynn Woolley Show (October 31, 2007)

Russell Verney The Lynn Woolley Show (October 31, 2007) Texas probate courts are increasingly becoming known as government venues in which citizens are additionally subjected to an involuntary redistribution of their assets – and don’t think this just affects the wealthy! Media accounts document the appearance of patronage systems, a lack of compliance with accountability Keep Reading…

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The Lynn Woolley Show (September 14, 2007)

Wendy Murphy The Lynn Woolley Show (September 14, 2007) Wendy Murphy, author of And Justice for Some: An Expose´ of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free, is a former prosecutor who became a victim’s rights advocate, fighting for innocent people who suffer when lawyers and judges put all their focus on Keep Reading…

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Family wins in costly probate court struggle

Appeals ruling says judge acted without authority in removing woman from trust Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) September 4, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Harris County Probate Judge Russell Austin acted “without authority” when he ordered a River Oaks woman removed from her family’s multimillion-dollar trust fund in one of the most contentious and expensive probate cases in Keep Reading…

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New payment guidelines ease probate fees’ strain

The elderly and disabled get relief Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) September 4, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Attorneys are collecting about one-third less money from the elderly and disabled in Harris County’s probate courts under new payment guidelines put in place by judges this year in response to a Houston Chronicle investigation. Guardians, most of them court-appointed Keep Reading…

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