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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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Bill would spell out wards’ legal rights in guardianship system (OH)

State representatives have drafted legislation to reform Ohio’s guardianship system, using problems exposed in a series of stories in T he Dispatch as a guide, Rep. Dorothy Pelanda said. “This is about protecting the state’s most vulnerable people,” Pelanda said. “We want to hold those in charge of others responsible and ensure they know what’s Keep Reading…

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Small businesses face surge of disability lawsuits

Small-business are facing a sharp increase in disabled-access lawsuits in the wake of a federal appeals-court ruling that allowed so-called disabled “testers” — private individuals who aren’t patrons but visit businesses to check for violations — to take the owners to court. Reports WSJ’s’ Angus Loten: For the year through June 30, plaintiffs filed 1,939 Keep Reading…

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Scaife’s estate pays $100M inheritance tax (PA)

PITTSBURGH — The estate of the billionaire banking heir who published the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has paid a record $100 million in inheritance taxes to the state of Pennsylvania. Representatives for the estate of Richard Mellon Scaife made the payment on Friday. Estate lawyer Yale Gutnick tells the Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1yEAhRx ) it’s the first of several Keep Reading…

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Birmingham law firm employee bilked elderly clients out of $295,000 to fund lavish lifestyle, authorities say (AL)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A Jefferson County woman employed by a Birmingham law firm stole nearly $300,000 from clients deemed unable to oversee their own finances and used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, authorities said today. A grand jury this month indicted 36-year-old Janice Davis, of Minor, on 35 criminal charges. The U.S. Marshal’s Keep Reading…

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Doctor wrote himself into 102-year-old patient’s will: suit (NY)

A prominent New York doctor swindled a 102-year-old Park Avenue patient, writing himself into her will and installing health care aides who mistreat the widow, a new lawsuit charges. Donna Spears, a longtime friend of centenarian Helen Schlesinger, claims in her Manhattan civil suit that New York-Presbyterian physician Dr. Lawson Moyer has broken the law Keep Reading…

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Pancake flap: Aunt Jemima heirs seek dough (KY)

Born a slave in Kentucky in 1834, Nancy Green was the first Aunt Jemima “Mammy.” Nearly a century has gone by and Aunt Jemima no longer resembles a servant, having swapped her red bandanna for pearls and soft curls in 1989. Now a lawsuit claims that Green’s heirs as well as the descendants of other Keep Reading…

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Judge OKs sale of home in cop’s disputed $2.7M inheritance (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — Ten lawyers convened at the Strafford County probate court Thursday morning for a case involving a police sergeant’s disputed $2.7 million inheritance. During the hearing, presided over by Judge Gary Cassavechia, all parties agreed to the sale, at auction, of a Shaw Road home owned by the estate of the late Geraldine Webber. Keep Reading…

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SEC bars for 5 years two R.I. brokers for roles in scheme that exploited the terminally ill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week barred Edward L. Maggiacomo Jr. and Edward J. Hanrahan from working in the securities industry for five years for their roles as brokers in an investment scheme that exploited terminally ill Rhode Islanders. The SEC issued orders temporarily barring Maggiacomo, 50, of Warwick, and Keep Reading…

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Ex-Arlington attorney gets 20 years in prison (TX)

FORT WORTH — A disbarred Arlington attorney who had also worked as a municipal judge in Dallas is going to prison for pretending to be a lawyer. Tiffany Lynn Lewis received a 10-year sentence from a Tarrant County jury Friday before state District Judge Robb Catalano, who presided over the trial, tacked on another 10 Keep Reading…

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