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Court annuls affidavit obtained by fraud (Malta)

A court in Gozo has taken the unusual step of declaring a notarial document invalid, due to it not being morally convinced of the free will of the person making it. Giuseppe Mizzi had, in a previous case, requested a court to annul a contract of sale between Martin Debrincat and himself as he claimed Keep Reading…

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Court battle begins over estate of wealthy Alamo Heights woman (TX)

In what likely foretells a bitter probate battle to come, a judge ordered Wednesday that the body of wealthy Alamo Heights woman who died Tuesday not be cremated before an autopsy is performed. Gail Weir, 64, a career nurse and former beauty queen from Alamo Heights, died after a long battle with brain cancer while Keep Reading…

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Woman seeks arrest warrants against Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr. (GA)

CONYERS — A woman who claims Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr. has refused to pay her nearly $20,000 in back wages filed an application for arrest warrants against the judge on Monday. Freya Pearson, who is represented by Conyers attorney Michael Waldrop, is requesting a hearing in Superior Court and is Keep Reading…

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Van Wert lawyer accused of misappropriating funds (OH)

VAN WERT — Long-time Van Wert attorney C. Allen Runser is being charged with misconduct in a case filed last month by Disciplinary Counsel in the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline for the Ohio Supreme Court. Specific charges against Runser include failure to hold property of clients separate from the lawyer’s own property, Keep Reading…

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Mahoning commissioners vote to pay $23,500 for probate court audit (OH)

Mahoning County commissioners voted to pay the state auditor $23,500 for the special audit of the county’s probate court. Special prosecutors from the Ohio attorney general’s office asked the state auditor to perform the special audit as part of the ongoing investigation of former probate judge Mark Belinky. Belinky resigned the judgeship March 14, pleaded Keep Reading…

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Danbury veteran to get back into his home after 16 months (CT)

DANBURY — A 96-year-old World War II veteran who has been kept out of his New Fairfield house for 16 months will return by Veterans Day, thanks to the settlement of a knotty legal dispute in state Superior Court in Danbury. The homecoming for Louis Russo was made possible when his court-appointed conservator dug into his Keep Reading…

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Changes in guardians please wards’ families (OH)

Linda Gomez gets to take her mother home. It took phone calls, conferences and court hearings. Gomez hired an attorney and spent seven hours a day, seven days a week at the nursing home where her mother has lived since she was assigned a court-appointed guardian 3 1/2 years ago. But now her 91-year-old mother, Keep Reading…

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Top NY court backs music publisher’s claim for Duke Ellington royalties from foreign sales

ALBANY, N.Y. — The state’s highest court on Thursday sided with EMI in the music publisher’s dispute with Duke Ellington’s heirs, but acknowledged global industry consolidation has made contracts like his much more favorable to publishers. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and other big band hits. He signed Keep Reading…

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Probate court supervisory attorney fired for financial improprieties (CT)

A supervisory attorney in the state’s Office of the Probate Court Administrator is out of a job after a three-judge panel agreed with a recommendation to fire her for alleged financial improprieties. Debra Cohen was initially suspended with pay last November after reports surfaced that, at the same time she was helping to supervise and Keep Reading…

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A family battles over a disappearing trove of Chinese paintings (NY)

It has evolved into one of New York’s longest-running fights over an estate. For more than a decade, the family of C. C. Wang, a collector whose name graces a gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been battling over a trove of classical Chinese paintings and scrolls that has been described as among Keep Reading…

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Granite City woman leaves behind $1.3 million — but no will (MO)

GRANITE CITY  What plans, if any, Mary Petroff had for her estate are unknown. The woman from Granite City did not leave a will. But when she died in a nursing home three years ago, at the age of 97, she was worth $1.3 million. Now, the search — if not the competition — is Keep Reading…

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Hancock probate judge admits taking $64,000 from county (GA)

The day after resigning as Hancock County probate judge, Marva Rice admitted in federal court she stole nearly $64,000 in county funds, including $20,000 for her attorney fees. Thursday morning in Macon, Rice pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. According to court documents, Rice failed Keep Reading…

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Inside an $8 billion family feud: Who poisoned the Orkin fortune?

Over the past half-century the Rollins family became known for two things: killing vermin and throwing great parties. Millions upon millions of vermin. And really, really great parties. Within Atlanta society the clan behind the Orkin pest control empire, now worth some $8 billion, became royalty, the envy of Buckhead’s WASP social set. Gary Rollins, Keep Reading…

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OK teen accused of killing family over prospective inheritance

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged the son of a rural newspaper publisher with killing his father, mother and sister. Records show 19-year-old Alan Hruby is in custody in the shooting deaths of his father, John Hruby, mother Tinker Hruby and sister Katherine. Alan Hruby does not yet have an attorney. Stephens County District Keep Reading…

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Former East Providence mayor cleared of ethics counts (CT)

PROVIDENCE — A Superior Court judge has cleared former East Providence Mayor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. of allegations that he willfully and knowingly violated state ethics laws by representing a woman pro bono before that city’s Probate Court while holding elected office. The ruling by Judge Susan E. McGuirl reversed a 2011 Ethics Commission finding Keep Reading…

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