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Judge operates legal practice out of local probate court

Private Shingle on a Public Court Kim Martineau (kmartineau@courant.com) February 28, 2008 The Hartford Courant http://www.topix.net/content/trb/2008/02/private-shingle-on-a-public-court On paper, it looked like Richard Guliani was running a legitimate law practice from his home. But when clients called the number on his letterhead, the phone rang at town hall, inside the probate court where he was also Keep Reading…

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How to ensure relatives don’t rip you off

Case of Astor’s Son Highlights Risks of Powers of Attorney; Requiring Regular Accounts Rachel Emma Silverman and Ashby Jones November 28, 2007 Page D1 The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119621444421006085.html Sadly, Brooke Astor is making headlines again. But there may be a lesson in the indictment of the late philanthropist’s son and a lawyer close to Keep Reading…

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Former funeral home director sentenced to probation, restitution

Sheffield given 10 years probation Paul A. Romer January 31, 2008 Temple-Telegram.com http://www.temple-telegram.com/story/2008/01/31/46766 BELTON – Wade Sheffield was sentenced to 10 years probation Wednesday, avoiding jail time after he pleaded guilty in 264th District Court to mismanaging the trust fund a woman had willed to charity. The judgment allows the 71-year-old Sheffield to continue working Keep Reading…

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Manhattan doctor accused of fleecing mother out of $800,000

Prosecutors are calling it an Astor copycat case Anemona Hartocollis January 24, 2008 The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/nyregion/24badson.html?em&ex=1201323600&en=f8097f5b2304a0b6&ei=5087%0A As with Brooke Astor, the late socialite and philanthropist, there is a son who took care of his elderly mother, and relatives who claim that he mistreated her. In the latest case, an Upper East Side doctor, Keep Reading…

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Lawyers feel pressured by personal plea of rookie judge in fundraising letters

Probate Judge Sanctioned Zuckerman Sought Campaign Money From Lawyers Appearing Before Him Kim Martineau (kmartineau@courant.com) January 12, 2008 The Hartford Courant http://fox61.trb.com/news/local/hc-madjudge0112.artjan12,0,1602734.story MADISON — — A local probate judge who solicited campaign cash from lawyers appearing in his courtroom has agreed to disqualify himself from hearing any contested matters those lawyers may have, the state Keep Reading…

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