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Probate fight over Southington farm continues (CT)

In a nearly empty courtroom in Hartford on Monday, a half-dozen lawyers continued to fight over the dying wishes of a Southington woman who wanted to give her farm to the man who helped her care for the place for decades. Incredibly, Sam Manzo, the caretaker, is still the loser in the Smoron Farm controversy. He lives in an unheated trailer on a farm he was supposed to inherit three years ago. Instead of the probate court system making sure Manz…

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Connecticut estate case exposes inheritance rights realities

People believe they have the right to determine their final asset distribution.  The legal industry perpetually promotes proper estate planning as a vehicle to ensure wishes are honored.  Greed and self-interest, however, can derail even the most well-prepared of plans and today’s probate system is increasingly home to such actions.  The estate of Josephine Smoron, an elderly Connecticut woman with expressly clear wishes, exposes the harsh…

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Rick Green on Smoron estate mess

Smoron Farm Probate Mess Slowly Getting Cleaned Up Rick Green December 9, 2010 Hartford Courant http://blogs.courant.com/rick_green/2010/12/smoron-farm-probate-mess-slowl.html Gradually, the mess surrounding the Smoron Farm in Southington – where a probate judge and court-appointed conservator attempted to subvert the will of an elderly woman – is getting cleaned up. A state grievance panel has found probable cause in a complaint fil…

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One more Smoron probate case column

In Smoron Probate Case, Greed At Its Ugly Worst Rick Green May 21, 2010 Hartford Courant http://articles.courant.com/2010-05-21/news/hc-hc-green-smoron-farm0521.artmay21_1_meccariello-josephine-smoron-new-britain-probate-court When it comes to the dead or the elderly, greed knows no legal or ethical boundaries. I sat in New Britain Probate Court on Thursday morning as a lawyer sought to justify a slick shell game that would pilfer an inheritance…

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Smoron land caretaker one step closer to inheritance (CT)

SOUTHINGTON — After four years of legal wrangling, a Newington probate judge has approved a 2004 will naming a local caretaker to inherit the land and property of Josephine Smoron. During a July 19 probate hearing, Judge Robert Randich accepted the will granting Samuel Manzo the administrative rights to the property and called for an inventory of its assets. Manzo was stonewalled from receiving the 80-90 acres of farmland after Smoron’s former c…

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