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Local Judge Suspended for Dual Role as Jurist and Lawyer in Three Cases Douglas S. Malan January 7, 2008 The Connecticut Law Tribune New York Lawyer – News Watch Richard J. Guliani’s 16-year term as probate judge for the District of Portland included his handling three cases in which he served not only as judge Keep Reading…


Astor lawyer clients left him bequests

Serge F. Kovaleski and Colin Moynihan January 4, 2008 The New York Times Elisabeth von Knapitsch may not have known Brooke Astor, and Ms. von Knapitsch’s fortune — $15 million — was certainly modest compared with Mrs. Astor’s legendary wealth. But these two doyennes of Park Avenue did have someone in common during their Keep Reading…


Executor charged with stealing $200,000

Former funeral director expected to plead guilty Paul A. Romer January 3, 2008 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…


Family wins in costly probate court struggle

Appeals ruling says judge acted without authority in removing woman from trust Lise Olsen ( 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…


New payment guidelines ease probate fees’ strain

The elderly and disabled get relief Lise Olsen ( 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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