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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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The Lynn Woolley Show (August 29, 2007)

Robin C. Westmiller The Lynn Woolley Show (August 29, 2007) Robin C. Westmiller, J.D., president of the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse and author of Blood Tastes Lousy with Scotch, discusses how Involuntary Redistribution of Assets occurs more often than people might think. Unscrupulous attorneys and other “trusted” family circle members – IRA practitioners Keep Reading…

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The Lynn Woolley Show (August 21, 2007)

Horace Cooper The Lynn Woolley Show (August 21, 2007) Does a will really mean anything regarding the final disposition of your assets? Frighteningly, this is becoming a legitimate legal question. The Anna Nicole Smith case is usually thought of as sensational celebrity fodder, but realistically, if lawyers are at all successful in extracting money on Keep Reading…

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Public left in dark on accused attorneys

Protection from angry clients cited as one reason for secrecy Yamil Berard August 19, 2007 Star-Telegram (TX) Dallas attorney Bruce Patton has a clean disciplinary record, according to the State Bar’s Web site, which provides profiles of the state’s 80,000 or more practicing attorneys. But consider this before you hire him to draft your will: Keep Reading…

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The Lynn Woolley Show (August 7, 2007)

Arthur C. Brooks The Lynn Woolley Show (August 7, 2007) In his new City Journal article, “What Really Buys Happiness?“, Arthur C. Brooks challenges the alleged connection between inequality and unhappiness. While there are always those who believe happiness is derived from voluntary or involuntary “redistribution” of other folks’ resources, opportunity for advancement and economic Keep Reading…

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State your case

Protect estate from probate court horrors Ronald Lipman August 3, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Editor’s note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Readers with legal problems, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult attorneys for advice on their particular Keep Reading…

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EP County fee reports not filed for 13 years

Louie Gilot (lgilot@elpasotimes.com; 915-546-6131) July 10, 2007 El Paso Times (TX) El Paso County was 13 years late in complying with a corruption-fighting order to disclose the fees ordered paid by probate judges to court-appointed attorneys. A newspaper report by the Houston Chronicle found that El Paso was one of six Texas counties that failed Keep Reading…

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Probate judges often OK nonlegal billing

Tow truck calls, pawn shop visits are some charges Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) July 9, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) For visiting their wards, for opening bank accounts and for selling used cars, tasks that hardly require a law degree, some probate judges have approved bills submitted by lawyers at rates of $200 to $400 an hour, Keep Reading…

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Perry Whatley battles probate court to the end

When probate court threatened to take away his assets, Perry Whatley gave up and fled — and ultimately died far from his home Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) July 9, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Perry ”Bit” Whatley, 84, a former Baytown refinery worker and lifelong Texan, spent his final days in self-imposed exile, a fugitive from a Keep Reading…

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