Archive for December, 2010

>Update : Britney Spears Conservatorship Continues

December 31, 2010

>Guess it’s not coming to an end after all.

Poppa Jamie Spears will still have control over daughter Britney Spears‘ life after a judge ruled to extend the conservatorship.

The judge didn’t say how much longer Jaime will be getting his $16,000 a month paycheck for watching Brit Brit, but lawyers expect it to last anywhere from 6 to 12 months.

Also getting a nice payout from the judge was Britney’s co-conservator Andrew Wallet. From July to November, the judge granted a $174,569.10 payment. The lawyers also got paid as well, receiving $300,000 for legal fees.

That was an expensive trip to court.

Another hearing will take place after the holidays on January 14th.

Full Article and Source:
Britney Stil Not in Control. Conservatorship Extended!

See Also:
Britney Spears Hearing Scheduled for October 14

>Disbarred FL Attorney Cops Deal

December 31, 2010

>A disbarred Fort Lauderdale attorney pleaded guilty to a mail fraud charge, admitting he ripped off clients of more than $2.4 million. Joseph Sindaco, who practiced law in South Florida for three decades, stole from four clients’ trust funds and used the money to pay personal expenses. He had specialized in estate and trust cases and real estate closings.

Sindaco, 63, now faces up to 20 years in federal prison when sentenced Feb. 24 by U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn. The recommended federal sentencing guidelines call for Sindaco to serve a prison term of at least 41 months, according to his plea agreement. In addition, he agreed to pay $2.4 million in restitution to his four victims. One of them lost $1.8 million.

Sindaco cut a deal in August with the Florida Bar to surrender his law license and be disbarred for five years. He admitted during those proceedings he misappropriated about $445,000 from two clients. The mail fraud charge against Sindaco arose from his handling of the estate of Werner Clauss, an 82-year-old who died at a Lauderdale Lakes nursing home in 2008. Sindaco liquidated Clauss’ investment account and transferred the money to his law firm’s trust account, according to federal court records.

Full Article and Source:
Disbarred Lawyer Cops Plea in $2.4M + Client/Trust Escrow Funds Swindle; Admits Snatching Closing Cash Meant for Loan Payoffs; Ripping off Dead Client

>’Lynched by Court Order"

December 30, 2010

>Today, we revisit “Lynched by Court Order” from 2008…

YouTube: Lynched by Court Order, Part 3

>Website: Courthouse Steps

December 29, 2010


Taking issues up the courthouse steps!

The rights of Americans are being challenged; the checks and balances envisioned by the Founders has been replaced with judicial activism and regulation that usurps the legislative process. Law is not made by duly elected representatives, it is rendered by decree from appointed judges with little public recourse.

There is a need for Americans to be aware of the Constitutional challenges and erosion of The Bill of Rights that is occurring daily in the courts of our nation. These issues will be covered, analyzed, and brought out in the light of day…at the courthouse steps.

Courthouse Steps

>No Fairy Tale Ending for Walt Disney’s Grandchildren

December 29, 2010

>Walt Disney’s grandchildren have been entangled in a complex family feud in Maricopa County Probate Court over their inheritance. The controversy was covered in depth by the Arizona Republic, and illustrates the problems that can arise when co-trustees, family and friends fight over an inheritance.

The Money at Stake: Walt made sure his grandchildren were going to be well taken care of financially. Before his death, Walt created a trust which provided each grandchild with an estimated $20 million disbursement at the ages of 35, 40, and 45, in addition to substantial yearly distributions.

Among their duties, the trustees were responsible for evaluating whether the children were competent to receive the monetary distributions. Once the children received the money, they could use it as they pleased.

No Fairy Tale Ending: Although this story didn’t have a fairy tale ending, the Disney family fight did end. The family reached agreement when Bill agreed to step down from his children’s trust funds.

In a column he wrote for the Arizona Republic, Bill explained, “What has transpired over the past year has been pure torture. I have not been able to speak to my daughter in private for nearly a year.”

This was certainly not the fairly tale ending Walt hoped for when he created the trusts.

Full Article and Source:
Walt Disney’s Grandchildren Have Been Entangled in a Complex Family Feud in Maricopa County Probate Court Over Their Inheritance.

See Also:
Judge in Disney Case Orders Arrest of Lawyer

>Editorial: Death Panels Do Exist…Just Ask Sara Harvey

December 28, 2010

>Do you think the government in Chemung County County should determine your social environment and other social aspects of your life including who visits you and for how often and long and supervised , especially your family and friends if you should become incapacitated with no facts based on innuendos, hear say?

Do you think the government in Chemung County should decide whether you live or die, even imposing a do not resuscitate order (DNR), decide to end your life in the absence of a living will and not knowing what your wishes are?

Gary Harvey is poster ward for “Government Intrusion on Family Lives.” Does Chemung County – who are strangers to Gary Harvey – know his favorite color, his favorite food, his favorite sport and team? Do they know who his likes and dislikes, religion? Well, for Gary Harvey they decide his social life, medical decisions, where his money is spent, and where he resides…all against his wishes.

Full Article and Source:
Death Panels Do Exist….Just Ask Sara Harvey

See Also:
Bobby Schindler Interview on Behalf of Gary and Sara Harvey

>Convicted Embezzler is Charged Again With Theft

December 28, 2010

>Alan R. Jonas, 63, of New Britain, is charged with stealing $72,000 from an 83-year-old Manchester woman who has Alzheimer’s disease. Jonas had been appointed her conservator.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Shay told Superior Court Judge David P. Gold that Jonas is also under investigation for alleged thefts in Southington and New Britain.

According to the warrant for Jonas’ arrest, $107,507 was on hand when he was appointed conservator in March 2009. By February of this year, Jonas had vanished and his wife began divorce proceedings. On Monday, Jonas said he was “out of the country” at the time.

By February, the Manchester Probate Court removed Jonas as conservator and a new conservator determined that Jonas had written $72,000 in checks to himself, but failed to pay the nursing home where the woman lived, the warrant states. At the end of February, the nursing home was owed $65,000, but there was only $21,000 in the woman’s account.

In a series of e-mail exchanges with the new conservator, Jonas indicated a desire to repay the woman’s account and did send a $35,000 check that cleared the bank. A second check for $38,000 did not clear.

In a June 3 e-mail to the new conservator, Jonas wrote: “I feel terrible about this whole situation, and I would have never done this if I was not suffering from significant physiological issues. I am doing the best I can to resolve this, but I am begging you to please not push me too hard or I am worried it will result in my emotional collapse and then none of this will get resolved for a while and I don’t see any benefit to anyone in that.”

Full Article and Source:
Convicted Embezzler is Charged Again With Theft

>Retired Alabama Judge Under Scrutiny

December 27, 2010

>The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission has filed an 85-page complaint against retired Houston County District Judge John Steensland that accuses him of cursing in court, ridiculing people who appeared before him, and placing a woman in jail even though she had no arrest warrant.

The commission filed the complaint with the Court of the Judiciary, which can discipline judges.

Steensland became a judge in 1996 and retired in May after the Judicial Inquiry Commission began investigating him.

Full Article and Source:
Retired Judge Accused of Cursing in Court

>Today’s Probate Story is Brought to You by Mary

December 27, 2010

>Every day or two, I hear another story from another person with a loved one who is being “protected” by the probate court. They always have the same theme. Families even have a name for what goes on. Can you guess what it is?

I’ll tell you in a minute, but first, here is today’s letter, which is very much like yesterday’s and, no doubt tomorrow’s.

Today’s probate disaster, submitted to the newspaper as a letter to the editor, comes courtesy of Mary Myers, of Mesa:

“I have been following Laurie Roberts’ columns on the probate courts for some time and she is ‘right on’ “

“I have a 79 year old sister that was placed under the care of a fiduciary and a lawyer by the probate court several years ago.

“She was moved all the way across the city to make it difficult for family visits and placed in assisted living when she required skilled care. My sister is kept sadated as a way to control her movements and spends her days sitting in a chair, often in her own excretments. She was hospitalized three times in six years for dehydration and infections. The fiduciary doubled her fees without notice and I have no way to even prove that she visits the facility to check on my sister’s care.

“What happens when the bank account finally does dry? Where does she go then? Will you pay her bills?”

So now, to the mission statement of the probate system — or at least by the fiduciaries who seem to run the place — brought to you by the families that have endured it. It’s just three simple words.

Full Article and Source:
Today’s Probate Story is Brought to You by Mary

>Man Convicted of Defrauding Elderly Faces New Charges

December 27, 2010

>A man pretending to be a contractor – and who had been convicted five times of defrauding elderly people – was arrested in a sixth case, accused of defrauding an 86-year-old man up until about six months before the man died, according to court documents unsealed [12/16/10].

Derron Smith, 43, was charged with one count of exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult. Bail was set at $100,000.

Full Article and Source:
Pinellas Man Convicted of Defrauding the Elderly Faces New Charges