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February 1, 1990 | ARMANDO ACUNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's best-known atheist has lost a key lawsuit in her fight to control a fortune left by a religion-hating eccentric. The court defeat leaves the $14-million estate of the late, cranky James Hervey Johnson of San Diego--as well as the oldest atheist publication in the country--in the hands of a church-going Episcopalian and a Mormon, who say they intend to carry out Johnson's wishes of exposing "religion as against reason."
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2004 | From Associated Press
After the violinist Isaac Stern died, pieces of his legacy, including autographed photographs, a music collection and violins and bows, were auctioned off. But Stern's three children say that never should have happened and are suing the former executor of their father's estate for more than $2 million. They say he improperly calculated the estate's value and left it unable to pay off the musician's debts, while paying himself thousands of dollars in personal expenses.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Joan Kennedy, 68, reportedly reached a settlement with her children that calls for two trustees to manage her estate, while a guardian supervises her personal affairs. The settlement also calls for the former wife of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) to enter a program to treat her alcoholism, a source close to the case said. In March, Joan Kennedy was hospitalized with a concussion and broken shoulder after she was found sprawled on a Boston sidewalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1988
A lawyer was sentenced Monday to three years and eight months in state prison for looting more than $39,000 from the estate of a client, a suspected drug dealer murdered in 1984. Superior Court Judge Raymond Mireles imposed the sentence on West Hollywood lawyer Robin Von Welzig, 45, who also faces possible disbarment by the State Bar.
NEWS
December 5, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush's mother, Dorothy, bequeathed the bulk of her estate to her five children, but she also left $2,000 to the family's former cook and nearly $50,000 to various charities and institutions. Mrs. Bush died Nov. 19 at her home in Greenwich, Conn., a day after suffering a stroke. She was 91. Her will, filed last week in Martin County Circuit Court, didn't give the estate's value, but it is believed to be worth millions. The will was revised less than six months ago.
NEWS
October 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
The widower of publishing heiress Margaret Lesher and her trustees have reached a settlement agreement in a dispute over her estate. The two sides were fighting over more than $5 million in gifts and inheritance. Professional buffalo trainer Collin T.C. Thorstenson, 42, had filed a countersuit last year in Arizona to a suit filed by the estate. Lesher, 65, drowned in an Arizona lake in 1997 while camping with Thorstenson, her husband of six months.
NEWS
April 28, 1994 | Associated Press
Alex Haley's widow has won a share of his estate and the right to complete his two unfinished books. "It's a glorious day, is what it is," Myran Haley said after the verdict Tuesday. The completion of both works would be "a dream come true," she added. Haley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," died in 1992 at age 70.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 1990 | WALTER PRICE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a remarkably simple 20-page will filed in probate court in Fairfield, Conn., composer-conductor-musician-author Leonard Bernstein directed that his multimillion-dollar estate be held in trust equally for his three children with income from the estate to be distributed quarterly to them or their descendants. Bernstein made an additional $1-million contribution to the Spring Gate Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2001 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A widow whose husband died without a will must share his property with his half siblings, even though he never knew of their existence, the California Supreme Court reluctantly decided Thursday. The court ruled in the case of the late Denis H. Griswold, a Santa Barbara resident who was born out of wedlock and whose biological father paid child support for 18 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stepson of ailing Los Angeles City Councilman Gilbert Lindsay was appointed temporary conservator of his estate Thursday, an action that sets the stage for a lawsuit to reclaim the elderly councilman's property from his former girlfriend. During a brief proceeding in Superior Court, a new allegation emerged that the woman, Juanda Chauncie, 39, obtained $65,000 from Lindsay's bank account at Broadway Federal Savings & Loan Assn.
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