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Candidate was taken off guardianship cases 10 times (OH)

Gretchen DeBacker, the Democratic candidate for Toledo Municipal Court judge, was removed from 10 guardianship cases between 2006 and 2011 for failing to file mandatory reports on time. In all 10 cases, Ms. DeBacker had been hired to represent a person who had been judged incompetent to look out for their own affairs, and her Keep Reading…

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Belgian euthanised due to sex change distress

A 44-year-old Belgian in distress after a failed sex change was euthanised this week after doctors agreed to the mercy-killing on psychological grounds, national media said Tuesday. Nathan Verhelst died Monday in a Brussels hospital surrounded by friends after requesting assistance to die in a case that has been highly publicised in Belgium, which became Keep Reading…

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ACA palliative care provisions open new door for probate, property rights abuse

Palliative care is a term with which increased numbers of Americans have become familiar since 2009 with the debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Stated simply, it’s medical care administered as a replacement to medical treatment. It’s also key to the “death panels” Obamacare opponents predict. Following the June 2012 U.S. Supreme Keep Reading…

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Attorney General eyes elderly Portsmouth woman’s bequest to police officer (NH)

BRENTWOOD — The state Attorney General’s Office entered into a lawsuit that is contesting the estate of an elderly Portsmouth woman who left the bulk of her $1 million estate to a local police sergeant just prior to her death. Anne Edwards, interim director of the state’s Division Charitable Trusts, has filed an appearance on Keep Reading…

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Brown vetoes bill to halt probate ‘fee on fee’ gouging (CA)

After years in court, Danny Reed won his fight to protect his savings from a court-appointed trustee and team of lawyers, but on Tuesday a bill intended to help others like the San Jose disabled man stopped short on the governor’s desk. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 156, legislation designed to stop conservators and Keep Reading…

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