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Family of former ‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin battles his former caretaker in court over estate (MO)

…n life when it came to his spending.” He said Carroll went out to eat almost every day, tipping generously, and gave lavish gifts to family and charities. McCarthy began calling witnesses on Monday, including Carroll’s niece, Josephine Romeiser, the personal representative for his estate. Romeiser talked about how her uncle turned his dwarfism into a positive, making a career out of it in show business. After the stage lights faded, he helped run…


OH hospitals argue over $8 million left in trust

…petition in probate court to redirect money from the Kikel Charitable Foundation, which was designated for Tod, to another Mahoning Valley heath-care institution primarily serving children. Half of the money, left by sisters Josephine Mary Kikel, Jenny R. Kikel and Angela V. Kikel, was to be distributed annually to Tod, and the other half to St. Elizabeth Health Center’s children’s unit after the Dec. 28, 1998, death of Angela V. Kikel, the last…


CT probate case creates questions

…the name of her younger son, Robert, a move that angered other family members. Another issue is a will that Roberts, the New Britain attorney, said was changed in 2004 to favor those who allegedly “abducted” Mary. Meanwhile, Josephine Jettmore’s estate once included a $240,000 Merrill Lynch portfolio of securities, but that has been largely exhausted by legal fees. And so, unlike many other probate cases, this one seems to be more about justice…


Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Center gets trust funds

…tem, will be donated the hospital that took over similar responsibilities in the area. Western Reserve, which closed its doors in the Mahoning Valley in 2007, also was vying for the money from the trust fund set up by Angela, Josephine M. and Jenny R. Kikel. The sisters through their wills intended for half of the now $16 million trust to be donated to St. Elizabeth Health Care Center, and the other half to Tod Babies. Upon Tod’s closing in…


Though there was a will, Fifth Third found a way to save Boots (IL)

…ts for Boots. Fifth Third trust associate Katherine Goggin did the legwork in finding a no-kill shelter that would accept Boots. Many shelters said they’re not accepting senior cats at this time, said senior estate specialist Josephine di Cesare. Cats are Purrsons Too has agreed to care for Boots for the remainder of her life but asked for a $2,000 endowment. Judge Coleman agreed to allow $1,000 from Dvorak’s estate go toward the endowment, and F…

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