Usa, (PressExposure) September 15, 2008 -- Imagine losing a family member unexpectedly. The emotional devastation that follows an untimely death is more than many can bear. More so, when a family discovers that their loved one died due to the neglect of a nursing professional in the neighboring state of Louisiana. In the days and weeks that followed one familyâs personal loss, the business of estate matters loomed in the background. But, this was the first of many losses the family would come to realize. Within six months of losing a beloved mother, three adult siblings lose their father. Amid the emotional turmoil, came more estate matters. The eldest sibling, a legal assistant who worked independently, assumed the role as power of attorney, and sought the assistance of a friend, a practicing attorney, to look over the estates. This would not be easily resolved. In a matter of months, the eldest sibling broke the confidence of his other siblings, and began to manipulate the familyâs assets with the help of his friend â The very attorney assigned to serve the interest of the family; an attorney who later becomes a judge. Thus began the nine year fiasco which is being played out in the courts of Mississippi.
The courts; however, are not hearing the estate matters, nor getting any closer to closing the estates. The State of Mississippi was caught up in whether to hear the claims set against a variety of attorneys and judges which found themselves involved directly, and knowingly acted against the laws designed to protect the rights of surviving heirs. Whether some of these legal representatives ignored and denied the very people who sought their help due to their own personal alliances with fellow law makers; it is unclear, but allegedly, several attorneys and judges knowingly covered up their own involvement in aiding the eldest sibling, and the claims against them are now being set aside. It is not a matter of monies that prompted those entrusted to carry out the laws without prejudice, but rather the alliances to those like them that encouraged this scenario. One may call it legal corruption, while another would call it, âthe good oleâ boy system.â Either way, the results are the same.
Where has this all lead to? The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has recently refused to hear the case despite âirregularitiesâ laid before them. In addition, a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus, compelling the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Southern District why the said Court has failed to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Uniformed Local Rules applicable to the said court, the United States District Court denied hearing the case, and failed to give notice to the plaintiffs, or the opportunity to appeal the courtâs decision, and the lower courts decisions regarding their case. The case is now being viewed by the United States Supreme Court.
During the nine year battle to protect oneâs rights as an heir, the youngest of the three siblings passed within two years of the fatherâs death. The eldest sibling responsible for hiding and using the assets in the estate died last year, but not without confessing his wrong doing to the one remaining siblingâs attorney two days prior to his death. Even though the confession was taped, and the eldest siblingâs desire to right the wrongs was clear, nothing was ever done legally to assist the one and only surviving heir. Instead, she has been solicited by attorneys and judges to stop her actions against them, threatened and harassed by many in power. Her own personal funds have been bled dry trying to pursue justice. She continues to battle the courts on her own, and hopes to use her fundamental rights for âa chance to be heardâ in the highest laws of the land â The United States Supreme Court. For more information, contact AprilMacFadden@yahoo.com