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Late Mellon billionaire’s kids say dad misused $210M trust fund (PA)

The children of late billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife are accusing their father of misspending a family trust fund–one worth $210 million–to keep his newspaper printing. Jennie and David Scaife say their father began funding the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review with trust fund cash in 2000, and when he died in July, the kids discovered the fund was Keep Reading…

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Court fight brews after daughter of man dead in possible murder/suicide moves into his condo (MI)

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – A case involving the deaths of Gary Volkers and his daughter, Stacey Grotenhuis, whose slain body was found last month in a Holland Township condominium, has become more tangled in Ottawa County Probate Court. On Oct. 5 , state troopers found the body of Volkers, 59, in a vehicle in Osceola Keep Reading…

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Senior says she was forced into nursing home (PA)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A prominent attorney and guardian plead guilty to stealing millions from her elderly clients. Now, a woman in a separate case says she too is a victim. Eyewitness News’ Investigative Reporter, Charlotte Huffman talks to the senior citizen who says she had everything taken from her and is being forced to live Keep Reading…

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Ex-Galveston judge hit with reprimand (TX)

GALVESTON – A former Galveston County judge forced from office last year received a public reprimand Monday from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission said former County-Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy violated the Texas Constitution and seven ethical canons during his three years in office. Dupuy failed to comply with the law and his Keep Reading…

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Caramadre requests new trial, says judge showed ‘bias’ (RI)

PROVIDENCE — Cranston philanthropist Joseph A. Caramadre is asking a federal appeals court for a new trial on charges that he and his employee defrauded terminally-ill people in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme, accusing the judge of being biased and vindictive. Caramadre argues in appealing to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that U.S. District Keep Reading…

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Hudson County attorney arrested and charged with stealing almost $500,000 from estates of cousin, aunt (NJ)

A temporarily suspended Jersey City attorney was arrested and charged Thursday for stealing more than $469,000 from the estates of two family members, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. John F. Hamill, 62, of Jersey City, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with two counts of second degree Misapplication of Entrusted Property after Keep Reading…

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Woman says ex-husband killed daughter, himself; files wrongful death lawsuit against his estate (MI)

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI – The mother of Stacey Grotenhuis, found fatally stabbed in the neck after her father, Gary Volkers, killed himself, has filed a lawsuit against Volkers’ estate. Karen Jarrell of Holland filed a wrongful-death action against her ex-husband’s estate in Ottawa County Circuit Court. Jarrell is seeking compensation for medical, funeral and burial Keep Reading…

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Ex-guardian’s death leaves void for elderly, disabled (WI)

Last year’s death of Jeffrey M. Schend, a former Appleton guardian, effectively ended the criminal case that accused him of living lavishly off the elderly and disabled people he was sworn to protect. But frustrations remain high for ex-clients of Schend, including John Pike of Appleton, who suspects he lost close to $35,000. He’s still Keep Reading…

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Reader: Hruby killings similar to 1958 Kansas slayings (OK)

The Oct. 9 slayings of three members of the Hruby family in Duncan jogged one reader’s memory. The woman recalled the case of a Kansas college sophomore who gunned down his parents and sister on Thanksgiving Day in 1958 near Wolcott, Kansas. “Have you noticed the similarities between this case and the 1958 murders in Keep Reading…

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Woman seeking charges against Rockdale County Probate Judge Mays faces federal indictment (GA)

CONYERS — The legal fray involving Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles Mays Sr. and a woman who claims he owes her money took another turn last week when the woman was indicted on federal fraud charges in Missouri. Freya Pearson, 41, who is seeking to have Mays charged with several felonies in Georgia, was Keep Reading…

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Thanksgiving brings special appreciation for those exposing probate abuse

While a specific Estate of Denial® Thanksgiving post hadn’t previously been planned, today provided two probate-related reasons for special thanks so, what can I say, a post became a must-do. First, the newly-released Har Justice documentary, America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges, is an exciting project offering important insight regarding the atrocities being perpetrated by the legal Keep Reading…

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WWII veteran’s plight brings call for probate court reform (CT)

Ideally, when 96-year-old Louis Russo had to leave his home temporarily, the probate judge would have appointed someone who understood his wishes and who wanted to carry them out. Instead, under the care of a court-appointed conservator, the World War II veteran, who had always lived independently, was stripped of his rights, relegated to a Keep Reading…

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Who gets Casey Kasem’s $2 million?

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Noting that Casey Kasem’s children suspect their mother of having been “involved” in his death, MetLife seeks help with a $2 million life insurance policy. MetLife sued the television host’s widow, Jean Kasem, as trustee of the Casey Kasem Trust, and his four children, Kerri Helen Kasem, Liberty Irene Kasem, Michael Keep Reading…

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‘America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges’ exposed!

To depict what can fairly be characterized as “The Economic Rape of America,” Har Justice has released a documentary entitled America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges that provides an important look at the greed, corruption and unseemly transfers of America’s wealth occurring through probate courts and frivolous civil litigation. The project is described as follows: This documentary Keep Reading…

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Caramadre, now in prison, argues judge biased, vindictive in seeking new trial (RI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Cranston philanthropist Joseph A. Caramadre is asking a federal appeals court for a new trial on charges that he and his employee defrauded terminally-ill people in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme. Caramadre argues in appealing to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith displayed Keep Reading…

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