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Power of attorney is not always a solution (NY)

FOR millions of people over the decades, the power of attorney has been an inexpensive way to give someone the right to act on another person’s behalf. But its power is not always absolute and when it fails, the consequences can be nothing short of disastrous. Take the cautionary case of Christine, a 62-year-old Connecticut Keep Reading…

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Former justice of the peace named in federal complaint (TX)

Former McLennan County Justice of the Peace Jean Laster Boone, who resigned her office after she was caught up in a mileage scam to defraud the county, has now been named in a federal complaint that charges theft from the Social Security Administration. Federal court records show she was named guardian for a friend who Keep Reading…

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Exclusive: Family of missing millionaire battles over estate (FL)

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) —  The family of a millionaire who went missing appeared in court  Friday to battle over parts of his estate. Guma Aguiar disappeared on his boat in June 2012 leaving behind a wife, four kids and a $100 million dollar fortune . Following his disappearance, a fierce legal battle ensued between his wife and mother Keep Reading…

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Council should revisit Webber settlement (NH)

Now that the City Council has sanctioned the creation of a three-person panel to thoroughly and independently investigate matters pertaining to the Geraldine Webber estate, the council should publicly discuss the possibility of reviving the proposed settlement of the litigation now pending in the Rockingham County probate court. At the time the Police Commission voted Keep Reading…

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Killer denied bid to inherit $250,000 from estate of mother-in-law he strangled (NY)

In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a Brooklyn appeals court has determined that a killer can’t indirectly inherit his victim’s fortune. Long Island druggie Brandon Palladino was trying to get his hands on more than $250,000 from his mother-in-law’s estate, despite spending 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. He had admitted to strangling Dianne Keep Reading…

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S.A. lawyer faces new ethics complaint (TX)

SAN DIEGO — Over the decades, Duval County, a venue that long has struck dread in the hearts of corporate defendants, has known its share of ambitious, creative and even dubious lawsuits. But even here, in a county in deep South Texas with a reputation for returning large jury verdicts, until recently no one had Keep Reading…

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Church alleges banker cost Lilly trust $13 million (IN)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indianapolis’ oldest church congregations sued JPMorgan Chase and Co. Wednesday in federal court, alleging the investment banker’s mismanagement and self-dealing led to $13 million in losses from trusts endowed by philanthropist Eli Lilly Jr. A complaint filed by Christ Church Cathedral in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis alleged JP Morgan Keep Reading…

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Casey Kasem to be buried in Norway

The body of DJ Casey Kasem, who died June 15 in Gig Harbor, Washington, is headed to Oslo, Norway, according to a report in the Norwegian newspaper VG, which was confirmed by Logan Clarke, a private investigator for Kasem’s daughter Kerri Kasem. He told The Hollywood Reporter, “He’s going to be buried in Norway.” In Keep Reading…

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Probate staff attorney accused of misconduct (CT)

A three-judge panel will decide later this month whether Debra Cohen should be fired from her post as a staff attorney in the Office of the Probate Court Administrator. The hearing follows accusations that Cohen, who has been on paid administrative leave since last November, acted as trustee of people’s estates and paid herself more Keep Reading…

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‘American Sniper’s’ widow sues her attorney (TX)

DALLAS (CN) – The widow of the late Navy SEAL sniper and author Chris Kyle claims in court that her estate planning attorney’s malpractice cost her more than $1 million. Taya Kyle, of Midlothian, and the estate of her husband Chris Kyle sued Christopher Kirkpatrick, of Dallas, on Aug. 14 in Dallas County Court. Chris Keep Reading…

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Attorney James Kincheloe Jr. gets six years for embezzling from elderly woman (VA)

A Fairfax County attorney was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for embezzling nearly $500,000 while he was entrusted to care for an elderly woman and her estate, according to the Virginia attorney general’s office. James G. Kincheloe, Jr., 67, who lives in Fauquier County, was convicted of a single count of embezzlement in Keep Reading…

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Police Commission right to deny out-of-court settlement (NH)

The Portsmouth Police Commission made the right decision Wednesday, when the three-member panel unanimously voted not to endorse an out-of-court settlement that would have given the Police Department a large inheritance from the late Geraldine Webber. The fight over the $2.7 million estate of Webber, who died in December 2012 at age 93, will now Keep Reading…

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Family sues waitress who inherited estate (SC)

The day after Charles Deal Sr. was hospitalized, a lawyer came to his bedside with a new will that disinherited his stepdaughter and disabled son in favor of a Cracker Barrel waitress who served him breakfast after his wife died. Whether it was undue influence on a man in failing health and confused mind or Keep Reading…

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Probe finds state counselors written into elderly veterans’ wills (NY)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – State veterans counselors who received personal windfalls from their clients, including a BMW as a gift, touched off an investigation by the Inspector General for the State Division of Veterans Affairs. The investigation found “ethical lapses” by two counselors – Tracy Kinn, a well known counselor for Veterans Affairs, who works Keep Reading…

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Police commission rejects Webber estate settlement (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — The Police Commission voted Wednesday not to endorse an out-of-court settlement that would have given the Police Department a large inheritance from the late Geraldine Webber. The deal would also have endorsed a $425,000 inheritance to police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin, who has been accused by multiple parties of exerting undue influence over Webber Keep Reading…

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