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Court battle heats up over late USC football coach Carlen’s $10 million estate (SC)

Former University of South Carolina quarterback Todd Ellis, a Columbia-area lawyer, has joined the legal defense team representing the $10 million-plus estate of the late USC football coach Jim Carlen. Distribution of much of the estate, which took place earlier this year in Richland County probate court, is being challenged by Carlen’s three adult children Keep Reading…

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James Brown estate trustee refuses to ‘play nice’ as judge seeks additional trustees (SC)

Friends at national Watchdog Wire site posted a new Sue Summer article describing how Current Trustee In James Brown Estate Refuses Mandate to Serve With Other Trustees: At a May 29 status conference related to the controversial estate of music legend James Brown, Judge Doyet Early of Aiken vowed to rule the proceedings with a Keep Reading…

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Ex-lawyer accused of theft from kid whose mom died (OH)

A former Upper Arlington lawyer has been indicted on charges of theft, forgery, tampering with records and money laundering, according to the Franklin County prosecutor’s office. Lindsey T. Burt, 33, is accused of altering a Probate Court document to incorrectly say that she had been made a child’s guardian after his mother died. She then Keep Reading…

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Dad: Killer shouldn’t profit from slain kids’ estate (NY)

The father of two of the three young children whose New Cassel mother admitted to drowning in her bathtub said Thursday that he’s determined to make sure she never gets a cent of the children’s $350,000 estate. Innocent Demesyeux, father of two of the boys whom Leatrice Brewer, 32, admitted to drowning in 2008, spoke Keep Reading…

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Probate judge expected to rule soon on estate of murdered woman (CT)

EAST HARTFORD — A probate judge is expected to rule shortly on whether Candace Bednarz can continue to serve as fiduciary of her murdered mother’s estate. Bednarz, whose brother, Brett, is charged with killing their mother, Beverly Therrien, 74, has been handling her mother’s estate. Beverly Therrien was killed on Thanksgiving 2010 along with two Keep Reading…

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