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Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Most Famous Ongoing Estate Battles

WillsEstate battles will be of great interest to those involved but rarely draw much attention from anyone not immediately concerned with the suit. But when the estate is that of a celebrity the interest will be intense with every fact revealed receiving much media coverage. In this article, BBC reviews a few of the most newsworthy estate disputes along with the most current updates.

See The who's who of battles for wills, bodies and legacies, BBC, May 24, 2015.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

May 30, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Woman Accused Of Altering Stepfathers Will

WillsA Tamarac, Florida woman has been accused of forging portions of her stepfather's will in addition to forging signatures of family members. The women left herself an expensive recreational vehicle and had her step father sign a quit claim deed to the family homestead. The judge has set bond at $100,000 and would require the wearing of an ankle bracelet upon release.

See Wayne Rouston, Woman stole over $100K by altering stepfather's will, investigators say, Sun Sentinel, May 28, 2015.

May 29, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Claim B.B. King Murdered Ploy By Children To Take More Under Will Says Lawyer

NN KingThe lawyer for the late B.B. King recently stated that the claims of Mr. King being murdered by poison are likely ploys to take more from the singers estate. While there was a power of attorney transfer shortly before the death of Mr. King, it was not with the intent to deprive the children of the inheritance that was originally provided for them. Most of the money in the estate has been set aside in a trust that will provide for the education expenses of the beneficiaries but nothing more.

See Nancy Dillon, EXCLUSIVE: B.B. King's kids may be making 'ridiculous' claims he was poisoned because he only left them $5,000 each in his will, lawyer says, The Daily News, May 27, 2015.

 Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

May 28, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hamptons Judge Accused Of Siphoning Fees From Estate

GavelThe estate of Frances Coles' was battled over years before her death due, in no small part, to the wealth she possessed. Numerous individuals looked to worm their way into her confidence and take what ever they could. But it is a judge who us accused of using his management of her estate to siphon off large fees while neglecting to properly manage any of the property or estate legal matters. The family filed suit against the judge and the case is currently pending.
 
See Kathianne Boniello, Judge Sucking Cash From Women With Dementia's Estate, New York Post, May 24, 2015.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse for bringing this article to my attention.

May 27, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Estate Administration | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Man Thought Dead Wakes Up On Way To Morgue

AmbulanceA Wisconsin man was declared dead at his home when paramedics arrived and found him cold to the touch with the appearance rigor mortis having set in. But something unexpected happened on the way to the morgue, his leg and arm began to move and it was discovered that he was still breathing. Medical attention was quickly administered and he is now in intensive care.
 
See Man Pronounced Dead Comes Back to Life, KCBD News, May 23, 2015.

May 27, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Filipino Man Sets House Of Sister On Fire Over Inheritance

FireA man in the Philippines set his sister's house on fire after a night of drinking and drugs. The man reportedly was upset that his sisters received more land through a family inheritance than himself. As of now, the man is being held by the authorities and will be charged with destructive arson soon.

See Drug-Crazed Man Sets Sisters' Houses on Fire Over Land Inheritance Dispute, Philippines News Agency, May 24, 2015.

 

May 26, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Australian Man Loses Inheritance After Manslaughter Conviction

Koala_climbing_treeAn Australian man lost an inheritance from his mother after being convicted of manslaughter following her disappearance and presumed demise. He was the primary caregiver of his mother while she was ill and was named the sole beneficiary of her will shortly before her death. He was convicted without the body being found in no small part because of his behavior and purchases at the time of disappearance. This case also shows the similarities between the Australian and American systems as they both provide for statutory and common law anti-slayer provisions.

See Kim Stephens, Killer Gold Coast Son Stripped Of Mother's Estate, Brisbane Times, May 23, 2015.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

May 26, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Estranged Husband Of Murder Victim Seeks Part Of Estate

Penn STate FlagA Pennsylvania man is seeking part of the estate of his estranged wife after she was murdered by her boyfriend from after the separation. The couple had been apart for almost three years when the murder occurred and, as a result, the probate court ruled that the husband would take nothing under the doctrine of "willful neglect." While the former lovers had remained friends, there was no evidence either party sought to keep the marriage together even if there had not been a formal ending of the marriage. The ruling is currently on appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

See Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Spouse of Homicide Victim Fights for Share of Estate, Times-Tribune, May 23, 2015.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

May 25, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, Estate Administration | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ireland Becomes First Country To Legalize Same Sex Marriage By Popular Vote

Beyer Blog Gay Pride FlagIreland, a country once known for its ultra conservative social values, has become the first country in the world to legalize same sex marriage through popular vote. Turnout reached 60% and victory was by a two to one margin as young Irish turned out in force to pass the constitutional amendment. As late as the early 90's same sex relationships were banned in Ireland and subject to criminal penalties. This vote is being hailed as a game changer by gay rights advocates who hope this will spur further referendums in other parts of the world.

See Danny Hakim & Douglas Dalby, Ireland Votes to Approve Gay Marriage, Putting Country in Vanguard, New York Times, May 23, 2015.

 

May 24, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, New Legislation | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Federal Judge Reasserts Same Sex Marriage Right In Alabama

Gay Pride FlagThe battle in Alabama for same sex marriage took a new turn recently. A federal judge reiterated her earlier ruling that the same sex marriage ban was unconstitutional and ordered all probate courts, which had been told not to recognize the marriages by state officials, to ignore Alabama's ban. However, the judge placed a stay on the order until the United States Supreme Court rules on the matter which essentially allows the ban to continue for now. Still, gay rights groups claimed victory after this ruling though the Alabama Supreme remains stiffly opposed to the decision.

See Kim Chandler, Judge: Gay Couples Across Alabama Have Right To Marry, W.I.A.T., May 21, 2015.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

May 22, 2015 in Current Affairs, Current Events, New Cases | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)