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Smoron Farm: Wronged by probate, Sam Manzo can sue (CT)

A probate court judge has ruled that Sam Manzo, the Southington farm caretaker who nearly lost his inheritance, can sue lawyers who were supposed to be following the conditions of Josephine Smoron’s will. The scheme to divert Smoron’s estate to a local developer unraveled last year, leading to the departure of Southington Probate Court Judge Bryan Meccariello and ongoing disciplinary proceedings against local lawyer John Nugent. In h…


Rogue lawyer Jacek Smigelski spanked, suspended (CT)

Jacek Smigelski, a New Britain lawyer who ripped off clients and thumbed his nose at the court system, has met his match. A judge finally acted to suspend Smigelski, who owes nearly $300,000 in interest, penalties and fees connected with a case where he over-charged two New Britain brothers in a probate case. Smigelski is also connected with the Smoron Farm case, where he represents a lawyer who changed the will of a dying woman without her know…


CT developer files suit over Smoron estate property

Verderame files suit over Smoron land deal Mary Ellen Godin December 17, 2010 The Record-Journal SOUTHINGTON – Local developer Carl Verderame filed a lawsuit Thursday against local attorney John T. Nugent and others for failure to turn over a parcel of land he needs to build an $18 million sports arena. West Hartford attorney Richard Weinstein filed…


CT investigative panel says attorney unprofessional conduct probable with Smoron estate

Judicial panel rules against Nugent in Smoron case Mary Ellen Godin December 8, 2010 The Record-Journal SOUTHINGTON — An investigative panel for the Statewide Grievance Commmittee found probable cause that local attorney John T. Nugent engaged in unprofessional conduct while handling the estate of Josephine Smoron. Nugent was Smoron’s conserva…


Southington estate case back in court Monday (CT)

SOUTHINGTON — On Monday, attorneys will reargue a probate matter involving the estate of Josephine Smoron, this time in front of a Superior Court judge acting in place of a probate judge. Plaintiffs Samuel Manzo and Kathleen Scripo have been battling attorney John Nugent and the probate court system over the matter. The case has gained notoriety and led to the censure of former Southington probate judge Bryan Meccariello, who did not seek re-ele…

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