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CA overturns RTC judge’s ruling on Jose Marcelo Sr.’s estate (CA)

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has set aside the order issued by a trial court judge favoring one party in a dispute embroiling the estate of the late Jose Marcelo Sr., a well-known industrialist. In a 25-page ruling penned by Associate Justice Francisco Acosta, CA Ninth Division declared that Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Quezon Keep Reading…

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Police: Man used disabled son’s trust fund for drugs, porn (WI)

An Appleton man is accused of stealing more than $360,000 from his disabled son’s trust fund to pay for drugs, pornography and vacations. Todd D. Laseke, 48, admitted to spending thousands on himself and chalked it up to “stupidity,” police said. He is charged in Outagamie County Circuit Court with theft in a business setting, Keep Reading…

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Final wishes of a ‘good man’ or deathbed fraud? Judge to rule in probate case (CA)

This much is clear from the court records on file in Judge Christopher E. Krueger’s Sacramento courtroom: Kenneth Pawlowski, a prominent Sacramento-area veterinarian, was having dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with his friend, attorney Kenneth L. Rosenfeld, and their wives on the evening of March 12, 2011. Pawlowski’s cellphone buzzed, and on the other Keep Reading…

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Utah judge postpones ruling on Susan Powell estate dispute

The family of Josh Powell on Tuesday again asked a 3rd District judge to reinstate them as trustees of Josh and Susan Powell’s estate. Judge L.A. Dever said he will issue a written ruling later, but he denied a motion from the Powell family attorney to require the Coxes to post a surety bond to Keep Reading…

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Who owns Duke? John Wayne heirs, North Carolina university fight over the name

DURHAM, N.C. — John Wayne’s heirs are taking Duke University to court over the family’s right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star’s nickname, Duke. A federal lawsuit filed last week is the latest salvo in a long-running legal duel between the North Carolina university and California-based John Wayne Enterprises over Keep Reading…

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Witness: Friend killed parents for inheritance (KS)

WICHITA, Kan. — A 19-year-old Kansas man accused in the deaths of his adoptive parents last year thought he would get an inheritance, a friend who is charged with helping kill the couple testified Thursday. Branden Michael Smith, 19, took the witness stand as part of a plea deal in which he agreed to testify Keep Reading…

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Reclusive billionaire spent 20 years hiding in a hospital room before giving her nurse £27MILLION

A little care and affection went a long way for hard-up agency nurse Hadassah Peri – as she found herself being showered with millions of pounds worth of gifts by one of the world’s wealthiest women. Dedicated Hadassah had no idea who she was caring for when reclusive Huguette Clark was first put in her Keep Reading…

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Assets detailed in disputed $2.7 million will (NH)

Financial documents detailing the value of the estate of the late Geraldine Webber, who signed a 2012 will and trust to leave most of her $2.7 million in assets to Portsmouth Police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin, have been filed with the county probate court. The accounting of Webber’s estate shows that at the time of her Keep Reading…

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Top state court OKs probate judge’s removal from bench for overseeing cases involving friends (NY)

Suspended with pay last December, a longtime New York probate judge has now been removed from the bench by the state’s highest court because she did not step aside from cases involving friends. Judge Cathryn Doyle argued that she did nothing wrong because her role in the Albany County Surrogate’s Court cases was ministerial. However, Keep Reading…

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Judge rules Chatham County must pay probate judge’s attorney fees (GA)

Chatham County must pay the attorney fees of the county’s probate judge, who is suing the county over his compensation, a judge ruled on Tuesday. In his quick opinion from the bench, Liberty County Superior Court Judge Charles Rose Jr. said a conflict of interest exists between County Attorney Jon Hart representing both the county Keep Reading…

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Texas billionaire Harold Simmons’ heirs save some money on taxes

Every so often I hear a story that I find wonderful, and that I then pass along to you, just in case you and I share a similar sense of wonder. Here is one of those stories. It’s about death and taxes. The story begins on Dec. 28 of last year, when Dallas billionaire Harold Keep Reading…

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Judge tries to change guardianship system (OH)

Franklin County Probate Judge Robert G. Montgomery has long known there were problems with the way his court handled guardianships. Montgomery, who became the county’s probate judge in January 2011, said he was shocked to learn soon after his arrival that a handful of local lawyers serve as guardians for more than 1,000 people. Montgomery Keep Reading…

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Lawyer Gary Reardon wanted more than $1 million to establish and run the $5 billion Rinehart family trust, the NSW Supreme Court has heard. (AU)

A lawyer wanted more than $1 million to establish and run the $5 billion Rinehart family trust, despite admitting in court he knew little of its operation or administration. Gary Reardon only asked whether the trust’s assets were inert and how often the beneficiaries would meet before nominating a $275,000 establishment fee and an $825,000 Keep Reading…

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Some claim Adult Protective Services taking advantage of the elderly (TX)

FORT WORTH — Don Brannan has spent months in a nursing home for the mentally disabled. He was sent there by Adult Protective Services (APS). “I want to go home,” he told News 8. Critics say the state agency is exploiting seniors and seizing their assets. Brannan was injured last year and was admitted to Keep Reading…

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Court: Guardian can’t take new cases (OH)

Franklin County Probate Court has barred a lawyer who is under criminal investigation from obtaining any new guardianship cases. ’ The court has held hearings the past two months asking the lawyer, Paul S. Kormanik, to explain his billing practices. They were among the potential abuses exposed in a series of stories in The Dispatch Keep Reading…

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