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Executor charged with stealing $200,000

Former funeral director expected to plead guilty Paul A. Romer January 3, 2008 Temple-Telegram.com http://www.temple-telegram.com/story/2008/01/03/46081 BELTON – The former owner of Sheffield Funeral Home is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Jan. 30 on a charge that he misused more than $200,000 that a woman had willed to charity, according to Bell County documents. Hall Keep Reading…

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Family wins in costly probate court struggle

Appeals ruling says judge acted without authority in removing woman from trust Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) September 4, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Harris County Probate Judge Russell Austin acted “without authority” when he ordered a River Oaks woman removed from her family’s multimillion-dollar trust fund in one of the most contentious and expensive probate cases in Keep Reading…

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New payment guidelines ease probate fees’ strain

The elderly and disabled get relief Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) September 4, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Attorneys are collecting about one-third less money from the elderly and disabled in Harris County’s probate courts under new payment guidelines put in place by judges this year in response to a Houston Chronicle investigation. Guardians, most of them court-appointed Keep Reading…

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Public left in dark on accused attorneys

Protection from angry clients cited as one reason for secrecy Yamil Berard August 19, 2007 Star-Telegram (TX) Dallas attorney Bruce Patton has a clean disciplinary record, according to the State Bar’s Web site, which provides profiles of the state’s 80,000 or more practicing attorneys. But consider this before you hire him to draft your will: Keep Reading…

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State your case

Protect estate from probate court horrors Ronald Lipman August 3, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Editor’s note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Readers with legal problems, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult attorneys for advice on their particular Keep Reading…

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