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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…

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Astor lawyer clients left him bequests

Serge F. Kovaleski and Colin Moynihan January 4, 2008 The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/04/nyregion/04morrissey.html?_r=1&em&ex=1199595600&en=5174fff7e9ab1c76&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin 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…

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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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