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Florida high court: One lawyer disbarred; another suspended

BARTOW | The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred former Lakeland lawyer William Rinaldo for abandoning cases and has suspended Frostproof lawyer Marcia Forsett for contempt after she failed to complete a previously ordered ethics course, according to a report released by The Florida Bar on Wednesday. Rinaldo, who had practiced law since 2000, didn’t challenge Keep Reading…

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Birth trauma case award to stand at $144M, appeals court rules (MI)

The damages awarded in a prominent local birth trauma case will remain at $144 million after a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling this week. Southfield-based Fieger Law PC’s $144 million verdict in October 2011 against Beaumont Health and gynecologist Andrew Halperin in a birth trauma lawsuit will stand, a three-judge panel unanimously ruled, despite what Keep Reading…

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Supreme Court affirms ruling in family feud, clears way for children’s inheritance of coffee empire (AL)

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday rejected the appeal of the widow of Mobile coffee baron Leroy Hill, removing the last obstacle to his children’s inheritance of the business that bears his name. Hill’s death in 2009 set off a bitter legal dispute between Debbie Hill, his longtime employee who later became his wife, and Keep Reading…

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Patrick Swayze family claims will was forged

Patrick Swayze‘s estate is in question, and looks as if there could be a legal battle brewing between his family members and his widow Lisa Niemi in the near future according to Wednesday, October 29 reports from Hollywood News Daily. Patrick Swayze family feuds are breaking out with controversy over the “Dirty Dancing” star’s last Keep Reading…

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Cleburne family freed of CPS supervision after 18 months (TX)

CLEBURNE — In less than five minutes, David and Angel Cook’s 18-month nightmare with Child Protective Services was over. On Monday, the agency formally relinquished guardianship over their seven children. CPS had removed their children for more than a year after accusing them of starving to death their four-year-old adopted son, Buddy. “I don’t understand Keep Reading…

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‘Difficult’ mom the reason heirs must fork over $44M (NY)

That’s one heckuva payday. Heirs to a Manhattan real estate fortune will have to fork over $44 million to a law firm for just five months of work – because their mother was such a difficult client, the state’s highest court ruled. Alice Lawrence “was no naif,” Judge Susan Philips Read wrote for the majority Keep Reading…

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Judge sends ex-lawyer to jail for contempt (MO)

NEOSHO, Mo. — Circuit Judge Kevin Selby assessed suspended Joplin attorney Dan Whitworth 60 days in jail Wednesday for contempt of court in a Newton County probate case. Whitworth was taken into custody following a civil court hearing in Newton County Circuit Court and booked into the county jail in Neosho. The 59-year-old Whitworth, who Keep Reading…

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Land of the Free? By measures such as size of government, rule of law, and free trade, we’re out of the top ten.

There was a time, not so long ago, when the United States was considered the world standard for economic freedom. Yes, there were countries out there, like Hong Kong and Singapore, that might have had lower taxes or fewer regulations. But the world could still speak confidently of the American free-enterprise system. No longer. This Keep Reading…

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Man kills brother, shoots sister then kills himself over inheritance (CA)

A La Quinta man killed his brother, shot his sister and then turned the gun on himself during a dispute over their mother’s inheritance, authorities said Friday. Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Munoz said Robert Bertrand, 55, and his siblings had a meeting and then got into an argument Sunday in La Quinta over their Keep Reading…

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Rules for guardians in Ohio? Not until 2015 (OH)

The Ohio Supreme Court could be a year away from issuing rules to govern how local courts handle guardianship cases, even as legislators race to enact laws to correct problems identified in a Dispatchinvestigation. After almost eight years of debate, a court-gathered committee issued draft rules for guardians this past spring. Guardians are people, typically lawyers Keep Reading…

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Probe of cop’s inheritance will follow evidence, says commission (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — About 20 residents attended a Wednesday morning hearing to urge the Police Commission to authorize expansion of an independent probe into a police officer’s disputed $2.7 million inheritance. Two hours later, the commission announced it would reiterate its original instruction that the probe be as encompassing as needed. The probe is being conducted by Keep Reading…

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James Brown companion moves to ban DNA-proven children from estate hearings (SC)

Check out EoD friend Sue Summer’s latest on the James Brown estate: The companion of music legend James Brown has asked an Aiken Court in South Carolina to ban several of Brown’s children from participating in hearings that will determine if Brown had a spouse when he died on Christmas Day 2006. According to several Keep Reading…

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Elderly L.A. woman vanishes, is found alone in Maine four years later (CA)

Sarah Cheiker had lived in the small bungalow in the Fairfax district for decades, first with her mom and then by herself. But one day in 2008 she vanished, and a bulldozer showed up to demolish her longtime home. “I was shocked. We figured she was dead,” said Jim Caccavo, who had been Cheiker’s next-door Keep Reading…

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Amanda Bynes back under conservatorship after blowing money on Cartier jewelry for teachers, strangers: source

Amanda Bynes is back under a court-ordered conservatorship after blowing through wads of cash buying big-ticket bling for former teachers and virtual strangers, a source told the Daily News. The troubled “Hairspray” actress — now locked in a psychiatric hospital — splashed out a small fortune buying Cartier jewelry and watches for her teachers and Keep Reading…

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Coming soon! The Economic Rape of America: Exposing America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges

HAR Justice offers this description and a trailer for an upcoming project entitled The Economic Rape of America: Exposing America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges. This preview of the documentary “The Economic Rape of America: Exposing America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges” reveals the economic impact of destruction to America’s families and economy as a result of probate courts Keep Reading…

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