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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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DA probing Hynes for alleged improper use of forfeiture money (NY)

The Brooklyn DA’s office is probing ex-DA Charles Hynes — already under investigation by state and federal authorities — over his use of asset forfeiture money to pay restitution to victims of a real estate scam, including the late Judge John Phillips, The Post has learned. “They said they were investigating the check and where Keep Reading…

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Former attorney, radio host pleads guilty in $2.3 million fraud (IL)

Oak Park couple Jamal and Leda Khoury thought they were investing their life savings wisely when they transferred $2.3 million into their real estate attorney’s escrow account three years ago to buy commercial real estate properties in the area. But within hours of the cash landing in the supposedly secure account, their attorney, Kathleen Niew, Keep Reading…

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Heiress death: Daughter, son-in-law among 23 held

The daughter and son-in-law of a real-estate heiress killed on the French Riviera are among 23 people detained in the shooting death last month, prosecutors said Tuesday, laying out an investigation that drew in surveillance footage tracing suspects up the coast, suspicious money transfers and shower gel DNA. Helene Pastor, whose family built a real Keep Reading…

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Samantha Perelman loses lawsuit over $800 million inheritance (NY)

Samantha Perelman’s bid to collect her piece of an $800 million inheritance is dead and buried. A New Jersey judge refused Wednesday to overturn her grandfather’s will, rejecting claims in the contentious case that her uncle wrongly influenced 82-year-old Robert Cohen into changing the document. Bergen County Superior Court Judge Estella De La Cruz, in Keep Reading…

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Advocates push for reform of adult guardianship system in Texas

It all started when Denise Tighe passed out at a restaurant in her North Texas hometown. The 85-year-old was taken to the hospital, deemed incapable of properly caring for herself and became a ward of the state against her will. After she was assigned a guardian in 2011, she was taken to a nursing home Keep Reading…

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Dr. Robert Neulander, wife signed new wills a month before wife’s death; couple’s assets worth $4 million (NY)

Robert Neulander and his wife, Leslie, each signed new wills in August 2012, a little more than five weeks before police say he killed her. Neulander’s wife, who used her maiden name, Leslie London, signed her will Aug.10, 2012. The 61-year-old was found dead Sept. 17, 2012 in the couple’s DeWitt home. The will reveals Keep Reading…

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Lawyers can research jurors social media websites, Bar says

SAN FRANCISCO (June 23, 2014)  The American Bar Association has given lawyers across the nation the go-ahead to scan social media sites of potential and deliberating jurors. The decision comes after the ABA’s ethics committee reviewed the subject after some judges wouldn’t allow lawyers to conduct social media searches to help assemble a jury. The Keep Reading…

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Feds gain $3.5 million from estate of late doctor in Mountain Home (AR)

HARRISON, Ark. – The U.S. government will receive nearly $3.5 million in assets, including five parcels of residential property, from the estate of a late doctor who investigators think fraudulently received nearly $15 million from the Medicare and Tricare government health care programs.   Dr. Stacey Johnson, who practiced in Mountain Home, died last year. The Keep Reading…

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Indictment says ex-judge took bribes from lawyer (TX)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former Texas district judge has been indicted on federal bribery, extortion and wire fraud charges for allegedly soliciting and taking bribes from a San Antonio lawyer while on the bench. The indictment, which came late Wednesday in San Antonio, accuses former judge Angus McGinty of seeking and taking bribes from Keep Reading…

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Disney heirs’ £235m legacy fued gets ugly

Yet a bitter feud between the brother and sister is growing nastier by the day as they fight it out for a £235million inheritance. A year from now, on their 45th birthdays, they are due to receive a huge payout from the Magic Kingdom. However, they are questioning each other’s mental competence and entitlement to Keep Reading…

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Judge sides with Shelly Sterling in trial over proposed sale of Clippers (CA)

A probate court judge sided with Shelly Sterling Monday in a trial to determine whether she had the authority to remove Donald Sterling from the family trust and strike a deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. The trial stemmed from a proposed deal brokered by Shelly Sterling in May to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft Chief Executive Keep Reading…

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