Category: Updates

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…


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…


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…


Multi-tasking taken to extreme

We may all wear many “hats,” but a case from the District of Portland in Connecticut takes multi-tasking to a whole new level of idiocy as a probate attorney handled three cases in which he was also the judge. For an alleged legal professional to pull such a stunt, how can anyone not question his judgment, Keep Reading…


Final wishes dishonored

A recent Temple Daily Telegram (Texas) story illustrates the continued existence of modern day grave robbing, also known as Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA). The case centers on a former funeral home owner who is scheduled to enter a guilty plea later this month on a charge that he misused funds a woman had willed Keep Reading…

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