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New allegations of abuse filed in Melvin Simon estate fight

Melvin Simon was one of the richest men in the Midwest until he died last year, at age 82.  A co-owner of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, he built most of his fortune developing and owning shopping malls.  Melvin Simon estate have been estimated to be worth close to $2 billion.  That vast fortune is tied up in a nasty legal battle over his will and trust, as explained in this prior article of The Probate Lawyer BlogMelvin Simon estate

Like many second-marriage situations, the widow, Bren, does not get along with the Mel Simon’s children from a prior marriage (to say the least!).  And they aren’t too fond of Bren either.  The children, led by daughter Deborah, sued because Simon signed new estate planning documents seven months before he died, raising Bren’s inheritance from one-third up to one-half, at the expense of the children.

Why did the kids challenge this (other than the obvious)?  For one, they claim Mel was so sick from cancer, dementia and neurological disorders that he couldn’t

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Pauly Shore sues brother for undue influence

One of Hollywood’s most famous entertainment spots has sparked what may be a very bitter and ugly family fight in court. 

Comedian Pauly Shore filed a lawsuit claiming that his brother, Peter Shore, has been using unscrupulous behavior and committing undue influence over their 79-year old mother, Mitzi Shore.  Mitzi suffers from Parkinson’s disease and other neurological problems.  Reportedly, she’s been in the care of Peter (Pauly’s older brother), but Pauly has grown increasingly concerned for her well-being, according to his lawsuit filed earlier this month in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Pauly, Peter and their mother were, until recently, the three directors of The Comedy Store, one of Hollywood’s most famous comedy clubs.  It’s featured distinguished comedians such as Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, George Carlin, and Robin Williams (and — even better — it’s reportedly haunted by a ghost that plays pranks).  Mitzi won the club in a divorce in 1973 and has owned it ever since.

But, with her recent physical decline, Pauly and Peter have

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