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Criminal probe requested in conservatorship case (TN)

Citing “incomplete accountings and other misrepresentations,” a court-appointed conservator is recommending that the district attorney general and the TBI open criminal investigations into a Nashville attorney’s handling of a conservatorship. In a 26-page report filed Thursday in Davidson County Probate Court, Paul Gontarek found that attorney John E. Clemmons paid himself over $370,000 while acting Keep Reading…

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Zaffirini hit with new lawsuit (TX)

For the second time this month, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini has been sued for alleged “gross mismanagement” of an estimated $150 million fortune in Laredo that she and two others help control. Josefina Alexander Gonzalez, 98, and deceased sister Delfina Alexander, who owned about 1,000 acres of South Texas land, formed five companies between 1995 Keep Reading…

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Abe Hirschfeld heiress claims public administrator aided brother’s swindling of magnate’s fortune (NY)

The daughter of late parking lot magnate Abe Hirschfeld is accusing the Manhattan public administrator’s office of turning a blind eye to her brother’s shenanigans with his estate. In paper’s filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court, Rachel Hirschfeld, 67, says her little brother Elie helped himself to their father’s real estate empire with “the tacit approval” Keep Reading…

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The ruling that could change everything for disabled people with million-dollar trusts

When Judge Kristen Booth Glen walked into her Manhattan Surrogate’s courtroom one day in 2007, she had no idea she was about to challenge the nation’s top banks on behalf of tens of thousands of disabled people. Before her stood lawyer Harvey J. Platt, who was petitioning to become the legal guardian of Mark Christopher Keep Reading…

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HRC film lashes out at guardianship abuse (Saudi Arabia)

RIYADH – After publishing a scathing report on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia recently, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) has launched a short film on social media to raise awareness about abuse of women by their male guardians. The film is a warning against guardians who prevent women in their care from getting Keep Reading…

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