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Texas legislature gambles with the lives of elderly and disabled

As the Senate decides whether to grant wards of the State of Texas due process rights–crumbs off of the master’s table–I sit disgusted that these men and women are our leaders, wondering how we managed to elect such reprobate “non-representing” representatives. I am also beside myself contemplating how grossly incompetent the lawyers must be to Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson family feud: Judge to rule on Texas jurisdiction in two weeks (TX/LA)

SAN ANTONIO — The complicated legal fight between Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his daughter over control of family assets in Texas will remain in limbo a little longer as a federal judge in San Antonio weighs which court should oversee the lawsuit. U.S. District Judge David Ezra heard arguments Thursday (May 21) over whether Keep Reading…

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Guardianship bills racing the clock (FL)

As lawmakers enter the final days of the regular legislative session, they have not resolved proposals aimed at shielding older Floridians from predatory private guardians who take control of the seniors’ assets. Nonetheless, Sen. Nancy Detert, a Venice Republican and sponsor of one of the guardianship bills (SB 1226), calls it her top priority of Keep Reading…

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County against 85-percent raise for probate judge (AL)

While some of Alabama’s 67 counties, including Marshall, are experiencing drops in their general fund balances, Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, and Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, are proposing a bill that would give Alabama’s probate judges an estimated 85-percent pay increase by 2019 and the Marshall County Commission isn’t too thrilled. “This is nothing personal with Keep Reading…

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How not to save probate system (CT)

For the Charles Dickens lovers among us, probate court always has meant only one thing: “Bleak House.” Dickens’ door-stopping tome, about the interminable case of an enormous estate — and the exploits of those who want a piece of it — was the 19th-century writer’s indictment of an English court system that was ponderous and Keep Reading…

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