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May 30, 2019

Md. court denies ‘unclean’ widow share of husband’s estate

A woman found to have manipulated a grieving, ailing and wealthy widower into marriage was rightfully denied a statutory share of his estate when he died, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday. Emeline Wilson Watkins’ manipulation of Robert F. Watkins Jr. — as evidenced in small part by her daily withdrawals from his bank account as […]

Dec 12, 2011

Widow loses tax challenge

A taxpayer was not entitled to “innocent spouse” relief when she learned of a substantial tax liability for a joint return filed after her husband’s death, the U.S. Tax Court has ruled in upholding an assessment of $25,000 for unpaid taxes. The taxpayer’s husband died in 2006. She elected to file a joint return for […]

Aug 17, 2011

Widow of ‘Chicken Man’ Perdue crafts egg-cessories

As hobbies go, laboriously transforming ostrich eggs into one-of-a-kind handbags using dentists’ drills, a finicky epoxy resin and minuscule Swarovski crystals doesn’t necessarily sound like the most appealing choice. Not unless you’re married to the “Chicken Man,” that is. It proved the perfect pastime for Mitzi Perdue, the third wife of the late poultry magnate [&he[...]

May 1, 2011

Jury awards widow $435K verdict in medical malpractice case

A federal jury in Greenbelt returned a $435,000 verdict to the family of a man who died after his doctor failed to properly investigate signs of an intracranial hemorrhage. Mansour Eid, a Lebanese-American lawyer who worked in Lebanon, but who regularly saw a doctor in Maryland on visits to his family in McLean, Va., complained […]

Mar 6, 2011

Widow accepts $1.5 million settlement in wrongful-death lawsuit

The widow and child of a machinist killed while operating a boring machine in Baltimore have settled for $1.5 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit they filed against the manufacturer. David M. Desrosiers’ widow and daughter had sued Giddings & Lewis Machine Tools LLC for $20 million in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They alleged the […]

Feb 9, 2011

Despite promises, problems linger with ‘widows’ tax’

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of the nation’s war widows find it perplexing and downright disrespectful to their late military husbands: In order to fully collect on insurance their husbands bought for them when alive, they must marry another man. And to qualify, the widows must remarry when they are 57 or older. Those who […]

Dec 1, 2010

New trial granted to Amtrak worker’s widow

A widow can pursue a wrongful-death claim against Amtrak because the trial judge failed to tell jurors that assumption of risk is no defense in the case of a railroad worker killed on the job, Maryland’s top court ruled Wednesday. In a 6-1 decision, the Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Michele Collins. […]

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