Category: Updates

We can fight the system – and win!

In December 2007, an Estate of Denial update described a 2006 Texas Senate Jurisprudence Committee hearing in which testimony was heard regarding probate corruption and abuses here in Texas (  This EoD update included video of emotional testimony in which various types of Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases were detailed.  A subsequent column entitled “‘Grave’ Keep Reading…


Probate terrorism 101

Anyone who in any way values property rights should be appalled at a story circulating the internet regarding Norman Baker, a retired Ohio firefighter who has apparently been taken hostage by an Ohio probate court.  We’ve posted the story here at Estate of Denial ( and hope you will read it.  A few days ago, EoD Keep Reading…


Badly behaving lawyers

Yes, for the last few weeks we’ve been seriously railing about dishonest lawyers.  We like talking about the inconsiderate ones, too.  What can you do when material just keeps coming????  EoD was in a courtroom earlier this week in which an attorney showed up 10 minutes late for a hearing and offered no apologies.  Upon learning of the Keep Reading…


“Final Indignities” worth another look

In 1995, the St. Petersburg Times won a fifth Pulitzer Prize for an editorial investigation called Final Indignities.  This four-part series exposed flaws in Florida’s probate system and detailed ways in which estates are mishandled by lawyers and executors.  While Florida might provide an abundance of these cases due to the state’s demographic composition, the Keep Reading…


One step forward, two steps back

Here at Estate of Denial, we’d like to be optimistic and believe that criminal prosecutions of likely Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases might ultimately help deter the increasing numbers of financial exploitation and probate abuse cases.  However, reading this story from California of how a police department “inadvertently destroyed several pieces of prosecution evidence” Keep Reading…

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