Not many people — even celebrities — can claim a record as impressive as the Kim Kardashian divorce with Kris Humphries. The marriage: 72 days. The divorce: 536 days. But, it’s finally over.
And according to reports, it was Kris Humphries who caved at the last minute to settle the case, just weeks ahead of the May 6 trial date. Per TMZ, Humphries had been demanding either an annulment based on fraud or a $7 million pay-out.
So why the change of heart for Humphries? For one, it’s seldom easy to prove a case of fraud in court. It’s easy to claim fraud, but in divorce, civil, and probate cases alike, actually finding the goods to prove fraud is not easy. Humphries’ lawyers tried, conducting many depositions and digging through extensive records. Reportedly, they did not find enough proof that Kim Kardashian tricked Humphries into the marriage or staged it only for publicity.
Kim Kardashian Divorce Settlement
ABC News published an interesting story about a key deposition from the Read more...
The National Center on Elder Abuse defines Financial or Material Exploitation as:
The illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property or assets. Examples includes, but are not limited to, cashing an elderly person’s checks without authorization or permission; forging an older person’s signature; misusing or stealing an older person’s money or possessions; coercing or deceiving an older person into signing a document (e.g., contracts or will); and the improper use of conservatorship, guardianship, or power of attorney.
The Center lists the following warning signs and symptoms of exploitation and other forms of financial abuse:
- Sudden changes in bank account or banking practice, including an unexplained withdrawal of large sums of money by a person accompanying the elder;
- The inclusion of additional names on an elder’s bank signature card;
- Unauthorized withdrawal of the elder’s funds using the elder’s ATM card;
- Abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents;
- Unexplained disappearance of fund or valuable possessions;
- Substandard care being provided or bills unpaid despite the availability of adequate financial
A federal judge has decided that it’s time for actor Wesley Snipes to begin serving three years in jail, which he had been sentenced to two and a half years ago. The star of such films as Blade, White Men Can’t Jump, and U.S. Marshals was convicted of three misdemeanor sentences for willful tax evasion on May 1, 2008. After pursuing appeals (which failed) Snipes has been free on bail, but that now has come to end.
The Judge ruled:
The Defendant Snipes had a fair trial; he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his conviction and sentence by the Court of Appeals; and he has had a full, fair, and thorough review of his presents claims, during all of which he has remained at liberty. The time has come for the judgment to be enforced.
You can read the Judge’s full decision here.
At first blush, 36 months in prison may seem excessive. These are misdemeanors after all, and Snipes was exonerated of the Read more...
Huguette Clark is a 104-year mysterious and reclusive New York multi-millionaire whose situation bears a striking resemblance to that of the late Brooke Astor. Like with Astor, Clark is now the subject of a guardianship proceeding in New York brought by relatives who fear that she has been financially exploited. Clark’s fortune is estimated to be worth half a billion dollars.
Clark is the daughter, and only surviving child, of William Andrews Clark, who died in 1925 and was described as the first or second richest American at that time. He built his wealth through copper mining and served as a senator of Montana. Many believed his daughter had died long ago. Indeed, she hadn’t been seen in the Fifth Avenue apartment that she lived in (and still owns) in 22 years.
An Investigative Reporter for MSNBC.com recently published a lengthy two-part article about Clark and how she has resided alone, in an ordinary New York hospital room, for those 22 years, while her attorney, Wallace Bock, and accountant, Irving Read more...