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Estate looting 101 overview

Animal welfare groups fight for dogs’ piece of Helmsley estate Lou Ann Anderson August 13, 2009 www.EstateofDenial.com Leona Helmsley, once known as the “Queen of Mean,” might today be better known as the “Queen of Lean” when it comes to the honoring of her final wishes and estate plan.  Upon her August 2007 death, Helmsley’s Keep Reading…

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More than “Astor-sized” estates targeted

Disputes affect more than Astor-sized estates Lou Ann Anderson August 5, 2009 www.EstateofDenial.com The Manhattan trial of Anthony Marshall, son of Brooke Astor, and estate planning attorney Francis Morrissey is expected to wrap sometime after Labor Day.  The two men face charges of using undue influence and other fraudulent activities to divert Astor’s $185 million Keep Reading…

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Estate looting, probate abuse “stimulus” (part 4)

Is Texas’ population growth a “stimulus” for estate looting, probate abuse? (Part 4) Lou Ann Anderson August 3, 2009 www.EstateofDenial.com Population booms can bring more than an increase of people.  While such an influx fosters residential and commercial development that spawns economic growth and much coveted tax revenue increases, on the downside, growth can also Keep Reading…

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Guardianships and a “teachable moment”

Guardianships in America: Octomom case to provide “teachable moment” Lou Ann Anderson July 31, 2009 www.EstateofDenial.com Guardianships are a complicated and not well understood issue as reportage surrounding the guardianship potential for the children of Octomom Nadya Suleman has illustrated.  As President Obama has been known to say, this is a “teachable moment.” It was Keep Reading…

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Guardianships in the news

Guardianships in the news: Octomom, Jackson, Spears and more Lou Ann Anderson July 30, 2009 www.EstateofDenial.com Despite Terry Hammond, a Texas attorney and executive director of the National Guardianship Association (NGA), being nominated but not yet appointed as guardian of the estate for the children of Octomom Nadya Suleman, Hammond and his industry will likely Keep Reading…

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