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Austin lawyer gives up license

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) May 5, 2007 Austin American-Statesman (TX) An Austin lawyer accused of stealing from and mishandling estates of three elderly women over several years has surrendered his law license, officials with the State Bar of Texas said Friday. Terry Erwin Stork, 68, was the subject of a December article in the American-Statesman about Keep Reading…

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The Lynn Woolley Show (February 7, 2007)

Coach Dave Daubenmire The Lynn Woolley Show (February 7, 2007) Coach Dave Daubenmire, founder and President of Pass the Salt Ministries, joins talk show host Lynn Woolley to discuss if many problems in America are actually caused by lawyers. In his column, How About Free Legal Insurance?, Coach Daubenmire asks if we are being held Keep Reading…

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Overhaul of probate law proposed

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) December 21, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Two veteran Texas lawmakers say they plan to file bills aimed at making it more difficult for people to steal from or mismanage estates and ensuring that the final wishes of the dead are properly carried out. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and state Rep. Keep Reading…

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Breach of trust

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) December 10, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Long before Laura Ellis’ mind failed, the retired government worker reassured one of her closest relatives that an Austin lawyer she had trusted for years would settle her estate after she died. Ellis, the frugal widow of a retired U.S. Army sergeant, didn’t tell niece Margie Keep Reading…

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Laws, in-laws can make wills difficult, expensive to execute

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) December 10, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Most people who write a will in Texas pick a family member or friend to divide their money and property among loved ones when they die. Those executors generally must show up to court only twice: first to file the will, then 90 days later to Keep Reading…

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Loopholes that allow people to steal from the dead

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF December 10, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Editorial Given the responsibility to carry out the last wishes of a person as expressed in a will, most people will try hard to honor them faithfully out of a sense of legal obligation and moral duty, if not personal affection and respect. But occasionally someone does Keep Reading…

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Fighting the touchy battle of estate theft

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) December 10, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Texas law calls stealing from a dead person’s estate “misapplication of fiduciary property.” Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff calls it plain old theft. Rickhoff, a former federal prosecutor who took office in 2001, has been one of the state’s most aggressive probate judges when he Keep Reading…

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Disbarred attorney gets 45 years in trust theft

Mary Ann Cavazos November 21, 2006 Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) A district judge sentenced one of two Corpus Christi men accused of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a dying man’s estate to 45 years in prison. Colin Kaufman, 59, a disbarred attorney, was found guilty Friday of first-degree felony misapplication of fiduciary property. Keep Reading…

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Local attorney, accountant spend elderly client’s estate, now facing prison time

Bart Bedsole November 19, 2006 KRISTV.COM (TX) A local attorney and accountant are facing prison time for taking more than half a million dollars from an 82-year old man, who was one of their clients. Andrew Huffmeyer will serve five years, after pleading guilty on Monday, and Colin Kaufman is awaiting his punishment, after he Keep Reading…

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Judge’s circle benefits from court work

Denton probate jurist says he goes by qualifications, not personal ties Kevin Krause (kkrause@dallasnews.com) May 26, 2005 The Dallas Morning News (TX) In Denton County Probate Court, it helps to know Judge Don Windle. His court has authorized more than $2.4 million in fees to a small group of lawyers and other professionals whom Judge Keep Reading…

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