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Can you ensure that relatives don’t rip you off?

We came across this WSJ article that ties the Astor case to the need for “proper” estate planning.  While the article makes some good points, Estate of Denial always contends that the best laid plans are not a deterrent to Involuntary Redistribution of Assets practitioners. Proper estate planning only succeeds when executed by people who respect Keep Reading…

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Shouldn’t your final wishes matter?

One last comment on the Wade Sheffield case.  Sheffield was convicted of mismanaging the trust fund that Vida C. Miller had willed to two charities.  Mrs. Miller’s wishes appear to have been straightforward and simple.  EoD was struck when a Temple Daily Telegram (Texas) story (http://www.temple-telegram.com/story/2008/01/31/46766) quoted Bell County prosecutor Nelson Barnes saying with regard Keep Reading…

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Restitution falls short in repaying breach of trust

A former funeral home director has avoided jail by agreeing to pay restitution in an Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) case.  As executor of Vida C. Miller’s estate, Wade Sheffield chose to use trust funds as a bank to keep afloat troubled businesses belonging to himself and his former son-in-law instead of distributing assets to Keep Reading…

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

Though termed as a “mini-Astor” case, this tale still sounds like major wrongdoing. The sister is wrong when she opines that “this sort of thing doesn’t happen in families like that (i.e., upper middle class, intellectual people), that it’s somehow a lower-economic tragedy.” As we’ve said numerous times, wealth is relative. Read the cases highlighted Keep Reading…

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

Connecticut State Probate Court Administrator James Lawlor is a busy man these days.  Those randy Connecticut probate judges appear to be a handful.  On the heels of the resignation of former District of Portland probate judge Richard J. Guliani, a new tale of corruption has emerged from Madison.  Estate of Denial knows that public officials Keep Reading…

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