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Green on latest Meccariello probate scandal developments

…id, it seemed like he was finally coming to his senses. In fact, he was pressured to quit. Meccariello was recently censured by the Council on Probate Judicial Conduct for approving a crucial change to the estate of Josephine Smoron, an elderly Southington woman. Instead of leaving the farm to Sam Manzo, her longtime caretaker, the property was funneled to a local developer. After the ruling, Meccariello was adamant about running for re-election….

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Panel rules against Nugent in Southington probate case (CT)

SOUTHINGTON — A panel that oversees the professional conduct of state lawyers found that local attorney John Nugent violated ethics laws in his handling of the estate of Josephine Smoron, according to a decision released this week. The Statewide Grievance Committee ruled that Nugent knowingly ignored knowledge that Smoron had a signed will leaving her 80- to 90-acre farm to caretaker Samuel Manzo. It further found that Nugent sought to intention…

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Dems choose new candidate after censure, withdrawal of CT probate judge

…lo as their candidate for probate judge in the newly combined Southington-Cheshire district. Meccariello dropped out Monday in the wake of a continuing controversy — and his formal censure — over his handling of the Josephine Smoron estate in Southington. Meccariello decided to withdraw less than a week after the state Council on Probate Judicial Conduct censured him. “I went to bed on Sunday without this even being on my radar screen, and…

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4949 Swiss Ave. estate case: today’s verdict, the big picture (TX)

…r from her estate.  Access to significant resources wasn’t enough to stop the relentless assault on Marshall’s estate and the family’s inheritance rights. And when it comes to a more modest estate, Josephine Smoron, a now-deceased Connecticut dairy farmer, prepared an estate plan leaving her farm and livestock to her long-time caretaker.  As the property is wanted by local developers for a sports complex, Smoron was targeted for…

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CT attorney loses law license for 15 months

NEW BRITAIN — Jacek Smigelski, who represents John T. Nugent in n the Smoron estate debacle, had his law license suspended for 15 months. The Statewide Grievance Committee ordered the suspension in 2009, after a client claimed Smigelski grossly overcharged him for legal services in a matter, unrelated to the Smoron farm case. Smigelski had appealed the matter, but lost and a superior court judge ordered the suspension Monday, effective Mar…

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