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EP County fee reports not filed for 13 years

Louie Gilot (lgilot@elpasotimes.com; 915-546-6131) July 10, 2007 El Paso Times (TX) El Paso County was 13 years late in complying with a corruption-fighting order to disclose the fees ordered paid by probate judges to court-appointed attorneys. A newspaper report by the Houston Chronicle found that El Paso was one of six Texas counties that failed Keep Reading…

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Probate judges often OK nonlegal billing

Tow truck calls, pawn shop visits are some charges Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) July 9, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) For visiting their wards, for opening bank accounts and for selling used cars, tasks that hardly require a law degree, some probate judges have approved bills submitted by lawyers at rates of $200 to $400 an hour, Keep Reading…

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Perry Whatley battles probate court to the end

When probate court threatened to take away his assets, Perry Whatley gave up and fled — and ultimately died far from his home Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) July 9, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Perry ”Bit” Whatley, 84, a former Baytown refinery worker and lifelong Texan, spent his final days in self-imposed exile, a fugitive from a Keep Reading…

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Fees paid to probate lawyers unreported

Galveston was among 6 counties that did not follow law on disclosure, investigation finds Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) July 8, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) More than a dozen years after the Texas Supreme Court demanded the disclosure of fees ordered paid by probate judges to court-appointed attorneys, the corruption-fighting measure has been ignored by some of Keep Reading…

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Family fights probate court over fortune

Relatives trying to end financial dispute say they found a patronage system that cost them Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 25, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Probate court comes cloaked in mourning, its chambers filled with feuding families and highly charged dramas of human riches and human rights. It’s where the grieving, the embittered and sometimes the Keep Reading…

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