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Glossip execution postponed for two weeks (OK)

Despite a focus on probate abuse, Estate of Denial® also follows other legal system corruption with great interest. The Oklahoma case involving Richard Glossip certainly appears to be just that and though the Death Row inmate was scheduled for execution this afternoon, a stay has now been issued. One of the early reports: Only three Keep Reading…

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Media coverage reminds of need to shine light on dark side of estate management (TX)

Piling on or piling up? As Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces felony state securities fraud charges, a recent Dallas Morning News op-ed suggests additional probate misconduct on the heels of a Houston Chronicle article detailing the state’s top law enforcement official’s questionable role in a Collin County case. While some may characterize both the Keep Reading…

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Appeal denied in Dallas’ 4949 Swiss Ave. estate looting case (TX)

Score one for justice as the Fifth District Court of Appeals this past week upheld the trial court’s judgment in the case of Mark McCay, the Dallas antique dealer convicted in 2012 for conspiring to exploit Mary Ellen Bendtsen’s declining mental (and physical) state such that she signed a will leaving her iconic 4949 Swiss Keep Reading…

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‘Efficiency’ brief filed in Texas public school finance lawsuit

As more than half of Texas’ 1029 public school districts await a Texas Supreme Court ruling on their lawsuit claiming the state provides neither adequate nor equitable funding, a newly-filed amicus brief by Americans for Prosperity asks the court to consider public school efficiency as a component of the litigation. AFP’s position is simple. Calling Keep Reading…

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Hunt family estate case fits probate abuse pattern, court history (TX)

An Aug. 24 Houston Chronicle article highlights already embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s role in an estate case involving the two young daughters of Tanner Hunt, the now-deceased son of Dallas oil billionaire Ray Hunt and grandson Haroldson Lafayette “H.L.” Hunt. While Paxton, the state’s top defender of Texas laws, faces no specific legal Keep Reading…

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