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Killer Gold Coast son stripped of mother’s estate (AUS)

A Gold Coast man who killed his mother just a month after she made him the sole beneficiary of her estate will inherit nothing after his older brother mounted a legal challenge to her will. Stephen Pike was convicted of the manslaughter of his 62-year-old mother Suellen Pike in December 2013, despite the fact the Keep Reading…

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What to expect on final day of Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s mental competency trial (TX/LA)

Tom Benson’s attorneys put their final witness on the stand Thursday in a defense case intended to rebut the mental incompetence allegations — levied by estranged relatives of the Saints and Pelicans owner — that could strip him of his power to oversee his business affairs. Dr. John Thompson, one of three psychiatrists who evaluated Keep Reading…

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Businessman who ripped off vulnerable pensioners by selling fake wills is jailed (UK)

A BUSINESS man who ripped off vulnerable, sick pensioners by duping them to buy fake wills has been jailed. Samuel Eaton targeted elderly victims in Runcorn and Widnes to mis-sell them wills and trust deeds while trading as The Pensioners’ Association and The Senior Citizens’ Advice Centre. His leaflets gave the impression he was affiliated to Keep Reading…

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Couple wills entire $847,000 estate to US government

SEATTLE — Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets. But last month, as Peter and Joan Petrasek had wished in their wills, a cashier’s check for $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of Treasury. The Petraseks had left their total accumulated wealth, of cash in the bank and Keep Reading…

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Lincoln County lawyer disbarred for misappropriating $1.6 million (NC)

A lawyer who practiced at a prestigious Lincoln County law firm has been disbarred after admitting in court documents to misappropriating about $1.6 million entrusted to him as the executor of an estate. According to an affidavit in which he agreed to surrender his law license, Peter Capece admitted using the money for personal benefit. Keep Reading…

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