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Anna Nicole Smith heirs will not receive money from Marshall estate

DALLAS, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — After losing in the Texas Probate Court, The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys for the late Anna Nicole Smith (Vickie Lynn Marshall) have lost their final attempt to obtain more than $44 million from the estate of the late E. Pierce Marshall.  Keep Reading…

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Legal products company which took £400K from clients in return for very little is wound up in the public interest (UK)

Goldstar Law Limited, a Nottinghamshire company which sold legal products meant to protect clients’ assets through wills, trusts and lasting powers of attorney, has been wound up in the High Court for failing to provide the services it claimed it could. The winding up follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service. The court heard that Keep Reading…

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Montgomery County attorney who had dealings in York County was recently disbarred (PA)

An attorney from Montgomery County who had dealings with at least a dozen people in York County since 2003 has been disbarred, according to court documents. The opinion for the case involving Brett B. Weinstein was issued on July 28 by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The order states that Weinstein, whose office is at Keep Reading…

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Clippers sale is completed as Donald Sterling files challenge with appeals court (CA)

A probate judge’s final order on Tuesday cleared the way for the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The sale was completed as Donald Sterling sought an emergency order from a California appeals court to unwind the sale, report the Los Angeles Times and Courthouse Keep Reading…

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The bitter taste of Jesse Ventura vs. Chris Kyle

There were two things Jesse Ventura was never supposed to win: the 1998 Minnesota Governor’s race, and his just-ended trial seeking a big payday from a hero’s widow. But he was indeed a one-term Governor of an actual state, and now he has prevailed in another improbable arena— a courtroom where he asserted that one Keep Reading…

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Death duties hit highest level for six years (UK)

Families were charged £3.4bn in death duties last year as more households were dragged into the inheritance tax net, official figures show. The takings, published today by the HM Revenue & Customs, represented a six-year high and an increase from £3.1bn in the previous 12 months. The total was only slightly below the £3.5bn anticipated Keep Reading…

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Police officer could receive $425K from disputed will (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — A tentative agreement was struck Monday among some parties involved in the contested $2.7 million inheritance of police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin that would give Goodwin a reduced inheritance of $425,000 and give the city police and fire departments a percentage of the estate. The assets were left by the late Geraldine Webber of Keep Reading…

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Law Society Sharia wills guidance “cannot change the law”, justice minister says (UK)

The government has refused to be drawn into the row over controversial advice from the Law Society on Sharia-compliant wills, but insisted that it “does not, and cannot, change the law”. Justice minister Shailesh Vara told MPs: “The courts will continue to apply the law of England and Wales relating to the making of wills Keep Reading…

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Estate of killed woman finalized in Trumbull probate court (OH)

The estate of a woman killed at her Southington home July 31, 2012, will have $519,965 to distribute among the beneficiaries and attorneys, a Trumbull County judge has ruled. The estate of Donna Honaker filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in county common pleas court in October 2012, seeking assets that ordinarily would have gone to her Keep Reading…

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Pitfalls of reverse mortgages may pass to borrower’s heirs

The only solace for Isabel Santos as she spends her evenings huddled over stacks of yellowed foreclosure notices is that her parents are not alive to watch their ranch-style house in Pleasant Hill, Calif., slipping away. Ms. Santos, 61, along with a growing number of baby boomers, is confronting a bitter inheritance: The same loans Keep Reading…

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Sacramento judge rejects dying man’s last-minute will (CA)

A Sacramento Superior Court judge refused Tuesday to validate a hotly contested will that a prominent lawyer claimed to be the last wishes of a dying friend. The will would have given all but a small portion of Joseph Herb O’Brien’s estate to a mutual friend. Judge Christopher E. Krueger, in a tentative ruling, also Keep Reading…

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Bhimsen Joshi’s heirs vie for his riches in high court (IN)

MUMBAI: The heirs of Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi are locked in a bitter legal battle for his property worth at least Rs 10 crore, apart from royalty from around 20 music companies. The row has landed in the Bombay high court where the legendary vocalist’s three children (two sons and a daughter) from his second Keep Reading…

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Judge rules against bank in trust battle (WI)

A judge has ruled a local nonprofit may take control of a scholarship fund from Wells Fargo Bank. On Thursday, Sauk County Circuit Judge Patrick Taggart terminated the bank as trustee of the Chester Bible scholarship trust, handing control to the Baraboo Community Scholarship Corporation. For more than a year, BCSC and Wells Fargo have Keep Reading…

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Heirs of Brooklyn man sue Florida couple for $60 million for ‘ancient’ Bible

The heirs of a Brooklyn man who bequeathed to them an “ancient” Bible, have filed a $60 million lawsuit against a Florida couple who allegedly found the priceless heirloom in a suitcase and are refusing to return it. A federal judge with the wisdom of Solomon will have to determine the rightful owners of the Keep Reading…

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Conservator’s thefts prompted 24 state audits (MN)

In my Sunday column (linked here, and pasted below), I returned to a subject that I have explored for the past five years – the power that court-appointed guardians and conservators exercise over their wards, and how that power can be abused. One of the good things that has emerged from the revelations of wrongdoing by Keep Reading…

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