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Solutions Not Politics (March 18, 2009)

Lou Ann Anderson

Solutions Not Politics (March 18, 2009)

Lou Ann Anderson, creator and online producer at EstateofDenial.com, discusses Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions in which probate venues and/or probate instruments such as wills, trusts or guardianships are used to loot assets of the dead and disabled/incapacitated. In this interview, Lou Ann and host Devvy Kidd talk about how Marshall v. Marshall (Anna Nicole Smith’s claim against her late husband’s estate) could potentially affect the inheritance rights of all Americans. Lou Ann also explains how more people than realize are at risk of IRA and must educate themselves regarding this threat.

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Is Philanthropy Going to the Dogs? (September 5, 2008)

The Hudson Institute/The Chronicle of Philanthropy Panel Discussion

Is Philanthropy Going to the Dogs? (September 5, 2008)

Leona Helmsley left the bulk of her $8 billion dollar estate to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust with instructions that the entire trust was to be used for the care and welfare of dogs. This move has caused controversy in legal and philanthropic circles (see EoD News Archive for op-ed pieces). While the discussion can be interestingly framed in several ways, the bottom line comes down to whether or not the United States’ legal system recognizes an individual’s right to determine the final distribution of his/her assets.

At a recent event co-sponsored by the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a panel consisting of Professor Ray D. Madoff, Professor Leslie Lenkowsky, Georgetown University’s Pablo Eisenbert and Judge Robert Bork discussed “the fundamental questions Helmsley’s bequest raises about donor intent, social justice, and the public interest.” The Chronicle’s Stacy Palmer moderated the discussion.

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The Lynn Woolley Show (October 31, 2007)

Russell Verney

The Lynn Woolley Show (October 31, 2007)

Texas probate courts are increasingly becoming known as government venues in which citizens are additionally subjected to an involuntary redistribution of their assets – and don’t think this just affects the wealthy! Media accounts document the appearance of patronage systems, a lack of compliance with accountability measures and general disregard for the property rights of the taxpayers who fund these very courts. Lynn Woolley discusses this corruption with Russell Verney, former campaign manager for Ross Perot and Founding Chairman of the Reform Party. Russell Verney conducted a review of the Texas Probate Court System while he was the Southwestern Regional Director of Judicial Watch.

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The Lynn Woolley Show (September 14, 2007)

Wendy Murphy

The Lynn Woolley Show (September 14, 2007)

Wendy Murphy, author of And Justice for Some: An Expose´ of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free, is a former prosecutor who became a victim’s rights advocate, fighting for innocent people who suffer when lawyers and judges put all their focus on the rights of criminals. In his foreward to Murphy’s book, Bill O’Reilly writes “The first step toward any reform is an exposition of the corruption. This book does that about as well as it can be done. It gets under the legal mumbo jumbo and offers you, the reader, strategies to avoid getting your head kicked in if, God forbid, you wind up in a courtroom. It offers a challenge to the powerful in America: Reform our legal system or admit it’s a farce.” Hear Wendy Murphy discuss some of the atrocities associated with our legal system and committed in the name of “justice.”

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The Lynn Woolley Show (August 29, 2007)

Robin C. Westmiller

The Lynn Woolley Show (August 29, 2007)

Robin C. Westmiller, J.D., president of the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse and author of Blood Tastes Lousy with Scotch, discusses how Involuntary Redistribution of Assets occurs more often than people might think. Unscrupulous attorneys and other “trusted” family circle members – IRA practitioners – use the age and/or incapacitation of an individual to hijack money and to deny final wishes regarding the distribution of hard-earned assets. As the numbers of these cases increase, hear how families are fighting back in hopes of creating awareness and influencing public policy regarding this important issue.

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