Posts Tagged ‘probate court’

Hunt family estate case fits probate abuse pattern, court history (TX)

An Aug. 24 Houston Chronicle article highlights already embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s role in an estate case involving the two young daughters of Tanner Hunt, the now-deceased son of Dallas oil billionaire Ray Hunt and grandson Haroldson Lafayette “H.L.” Hunt. While Paxton, the state’s top defender of Texas laws, faces no specific legal Keep Reading…


Ohio Senate signs off on bill to allow probate judges to issue search warrants

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate signed off Thursday on legislation allowing probate judges to issue search warrants — a law change that was prompted by a court case in Stark County. SB 161 passed on a vote of 33-0 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration. The legislation stems from a warrant obtained Keep Reading…


Family divided over millionaire’s mental competence (TX)

The fear of aging really is the fear of losing control of your life. Loss of control can manifest itself in a physical or mental deterioration that robs you of your independence. It also cam stem from intrafamily legal squabbles that turn you into a mere pawn of the guardianship process, forced to sit back Keep Reading…


Kim Birge pleads not guilty to Probate Court fraud charges (GA)

Former longtime Chatham County Probate Court Chief Clerk Kim Birge on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in federal court to stealing or embezzling more than $700,000 from the court over a three-year period. “How does she plead to the charges in the indictment?” U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith asked Birge’s lawyer, Tom Withers, during her initial Keep Reading…


Man who helped shine spotlight on guardianship abuse in Florida dies at age 101

A man whose story prompted an I-Team investigation that led to reform in Florida and drew national attention to the problem of guardianship abuse has died. Willi Berchau passed away peacefully Wednesday at a local hospice facility at age 101. He became a friend to all of us on the I-Team for his courage, his Keep Reading…

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