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Smoron estate dispute takes sharp turn from messy to messier

…scams — or face arrest on Feb. 28. How does this rogue lawyer keep getting clients? How does he still have a law license? Which might be the story, were it not for the fact that Smigelski is closely involved with the infamous Smoron Farm case in Southington, a tale that has taken another turn for the weird: Smigelski is now messing up a solution to this probate court outrage. The Smoron Farm, you will recall, was given to longtime farmhand Sam Ma…


Estate planning, size no deterrent to probate looting actions

…riendly court to provide the looter’s desired outcome.  This estate may have been worth $50 million, but it can (and does) just as easily happen with estates of more modest values. Government-initiated looting Josephine Smoron, an elderly Connecticut woman, believed estate planning documents executed in 1996 and 2004 would ensure her longtime caretaker Sam Manzo’s inheritance of Smoron’s 80-acre farm and cows valued at more than…


Probate court mess continues (CT)

Sam Manzo, the Southington caretaker on the old Smoron farm, is still without his inheritance and still living in probate hell. I stopped by to talk with Manzo on Tuesday because it’s been two years since I first heard about the elaborate scheme that sought to disinherit Manzo and take the broken down old Smoron farm from him. The place remains a wreck — a ramshackle collection of old machines, broken equipment, wandering cows and ot…


Can damning memo finally unjam gears of justice in probate case over farm? (CT)

…ill violated in what seems like a nightmare that just couldn’t happen. Except that it did, just a few years ago, to an old Polish woman in Southington. It could happen to you. I’ve been telling you about Josephine Smoron’s probate debacle for years because Sam Manzo, the caretaker who was supposed to inherit the broken-down old farm off I-84, was so audaciously pick pocketed in full view of our probate courts. I’m still wr…


Judge sides with heir in Connecticut’s Smoron farm-jacking

Promising news out of Connecticut today. Excitement, however, is tepid at best as these cases have a way of going on and you know…. Anyway, is reporting the following: SOUTHINGTON — Nearly four years after he was disinherited by a local attorney and a probate court judge, a Hartford Superior Court judge sided with Samuel Manzo in his claim to Josephine Smoron’s estate. Manzo, who was named a beneficiary in S…

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