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Social services worker in Texas stole from clients

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A social services worker in Southeast Texas serving as a guardian to help people manage their money has pleaded guilty to felony theft. The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1bVyS8l ) reported Wednesday that 47-year-old Sylvia Ann Villarreal of Hitchcock faces up to 20 years in prison. The penalty phase begins in Keep Reading…

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State appellate judge rules $11G per hour a bit steep in billionaire estate case (NY)

Charging $11,000 per hour for legal fees is a bit steep, a state appeals court ruled Thursday in slashing a law firm’s windfall retainer. The state Appellate Division reduced the fees owed by the estate of Alice Lawrence to the firm Graubard Miller from a staggering $44 million to slightly under $2 million because it Keep Reading…

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Ron battles court tactic (NY)

Billionaire Ron Perelman is fighting to quash subpoenas for information about his divorce from his late wife, Post gossip columnist Claudia Cohen, according to a petition filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The subpoenas are part of a New Jersey lawsuit between the Revlon head’s daughter Samantha Perelman and her uncle James Cohen, Claudia’s brother, over Keep Reading…

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Five lawyers now disputing wealthy woman’s estate (ME)

PORTSMOUTH — Two more lawyers are contesting the last will and trust of the late Geraldine Webber on the grounds that Webber was incompetent and/or unduly influenced by Police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin when she revised her estate plans to leave Goodwin the bulk of her wealth. One of them, Portsmouth attorney Christopher Keenan, is representing Keep Reading…

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AG Wilson denies having documents in James Brown estate, despite deputy’s claim (SC)

At a May 29 status conference on the James Brown estate, senior assistant Attorney General (AG) C.H. “Sonny” Jones praised the service of current Brown trustee Russell Bauknight of Columbia, telling the Court that “his record speaks for itself.” It is a mystery how Jones came to know Bauknight’s record. In a May 23 Freedom Keep Reading…

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