Probate poser in Arizona

by Walter Olson on April 15, 2010

Marie Long, now 88, was “worth $1.3 million when she [suffered a stroke and] came under the protection of Maricopa County’s probate court in 2005. Today, she’s destitute and depends on taxpayers for support.” Where’d the money go? [Laurie Roberts, Arizona Republic and more via ABA Journal] But see: A different view of the affair [Phoenix New Times via ABA Journal]

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Right-Wing Links (April 16, 2010)
04.16.10 at 2:29 pm


1 Todd Rogers 04.15.10 at 12:47 pm

After one of my late relatives got soaked in the probate process we learned the basics of wills, trusts, and estates. That was a costly lesson. It was right about the time that I became a regular at…coincidence?

2 Bob Lipton 04.15.10 at 4:53 pm

It sounds disgraceful.

Speaking on the other side, my brother and I have tried to do a good job of running the trusts established under our mother’s will in which we are granted full discretion and immunity. Anyone with a direct or indirect interest in the running of the wills is free to examine the books at any time…. and yet, when my father dies, we expect our sister will sue us. Are we to bear the costs personally?

It caused me to include a clause in my will that anyone who challenges any of its provisions is cut out. Fortunately, New York courts recognize the validity of such clauses. I just wish I didn’t think it necessary.


3 AZFlyer 04.15.10 at 7:23 pm

What would be news would be finding someone under the “protection” of the probate court that was NOT being picked clean by the vultures in the system.

4 RochesterPete 04.16.10 at 7:31 am

Goes to show we’ve learned nothing since at least the mid-1800’s. Sounds like a 21st century version of Dickens’s Bleak House to me.

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