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Houston businessman’s fee dispute comes with a cost

Probate critic fighting fees charged to his mother, while courts say he’s racking up the bills Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 24, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) The Texas probate system allows any interested party to object to court fees. But the costly process can backfire. One of those who has fought the hardest is Houston businessman Keep Reading…

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Austin lawyer gives up license

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) May 5, 2007 Austin American-Statesman (TX) An Austin lawyer accused of stealing from and mishandling estates of three elderly women over several years has surrendered his law license, officials with the State Bar of Texas said Friday. Terry Erwin Stork, 68, was the subject of a December article in the American-Statesman about Keep Reading…

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Overhaul of probate law proposed

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) December 21, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Two veteran Texas lawmakers say they plan to file bills aimed at making it more difficult for people to steal from or mismanage estates and ensuring that the final wishes of the dead are properly carried out. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and state Rep. Keep Reading…

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Breach of trust

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) December 10, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Long before Laura Ellis’ mind failed, the retired government worker reassured one of her closest relatives that an Austin lawyer she had trusted for years would settle her estate after she died. Ellis, the frugal widow of a retired U.S. Army sergeant, didn’t tell niece Margie Keep Reading…

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Laws, in-laws can make wills difficult, expensive to execute

Tony Plohetski (tplohetski@statesman.com; 512-445-3605) December 10, 2006 Austin American-Statesman (TX) Most people who write a will in Texas pick a family member or friend to divide their money and property among loved ones when they die. Those executors generally must show up to court only twice: first to file the will, then 90 days later to Keep Reading…

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