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Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

Cuts to foreclosure-prevention aid fought
Ithaca JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The agency, which oversees lending in the state, will review New York's laws governing foreclosure, he said. New York has appropriated $26 million in state funds and $21 million in federal stimulus money since the 2008-09 fiscal year for housing ...more »

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Asset Protection
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Firm hired for Citizens' appeal
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stop plaintiffs' attorneys from seizing Citizens' assets while Gibson, Dunn prepares its request for a Supreme Court review of the state court judgment. Citizens is fighting a March 2009 ...more »

Guardianship & Conservatorship
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Court program gives residents 'guardian angels'
Your Houston NewsFebruary 5, 2012

A new court program is pairing community members with guardianship cases to help ensure the people entrusted to guardians get the proper care to lead healthy, safe lives. The Probate Court Visitor Program was inspired by Montgomery County Court-at-Law...more »

Charitable Trusts
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Why a lasting power of attorney is not just for the elderly
The GuardianFebruary 3, 2012

LPAs are designed to be recognised by financial institutions, care homes and local authorities, as well as tax, benefits and pension authorities. They are legal documents that can be set up relatively cheaply, with or without the help of a solicitor.more »

Shariah law: Aceh's morality police seek greater power
GlobalPostFebruary 7, 2012

Gay rights don't exist: Khalidin's Shariah police chief predecessor, Muddasir, told Reuters last year that “in the prophet's book, people committing (the crime of lesbian coupling) should be beheaded or thrown into the sea, but we don't have that in ...more »

Power Of Attorney
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Law and Order
STLtoday.comFebruary 3, 2012

LOUIS > Despite error, sentence stands for ATM Solutions robber • John Wesley Jones, 37, convicted in the $6.6 million holdup of the ATM Solutions cash depot here, failed Thursday to win a reduction of his 32-year prison sentence.more »

Estate Administration
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MacCulloch joins Montecito Bank & Trust Wealth Management Division
Santa Barbara IndependentFebruary 3, 2012

MacCulloch has been affiliated with local financial services companies for many years and is well regarded in the community for his expertise in trust and estate administration, estate planning, and corporate and real estate law.more »

Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
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Desal EIR dealt blow
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 4, 2012

The revision was released Thursday, about six weeks after Villarreal ruled that Marina Coast Water District should have prepared the EIR as the lead agency under state environmental law. The revision did not change that stance.more »

Annie: Sister-in-law just can't say anything nice
SunHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

Dear Annie: I found the solution to getting my 20-year-old grandson to say thanks for gifts. I always gave him between $50 and $100 for his birthday and Christmas Finally, I decided if I didn't hear from him, I'd give him less money.more »

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