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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 26

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, March 28, 1993
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Sunday, March 28, 1993 The Arizona Republic B9 Tovrea stepchildren's court fight Slaying victim's estate targeted in trust dispute By Gail Tabor The Arizona Republic The memory of Jeanne Tovrea lingers not only in people's minds but in the courtroom as her stepchildren pursue a series of lawsuits against her estate, her lawyers, and her prime beneficiary, daughter Deborah Nolan. Court documents show that the first step in the courthouse battles was a suit against Tovrea's estate for "breach of fiduciary duty as trustee of the trust" filed less than a year after her death. When husband Ed Tovrea died, according to court records, his will created a trust earmarking all income to be paid to Jeanne Tovrea. Upon her death, the principal of that trust about $4 million was to be distributed among his three children: Edward A. Tovrea Jr., Georgia Loy Tovrea and Priscilla Tovrea Hold-craft. Court records say the children believe the trust had been mismanaged, causing it to grow slower than they felt it should have. The children said Jeanne Tovrea's estate should be held liable. The lawsuit was dismissed but is being appealed. In 1991, the children brought a lawsuit against a local law firm that represented Jeanne Tovrea, saying the firm had failed to advise the trustee of her duty to preserve the value of the trust principal and not just to prevent losses, and that the trust failed to keep up with inflation. A jury rendered a verdict for the law firm in February 1992. It, too, is being appealed. A lawsuit concerning the payment of inheritance and estate taxes was begun in 1990. Jeanne Tovrea executed a will Nov. 24, 1987, five months before she was slain. In that will, an article directed that all estate and inheritance taxes, plus any other charges, be paid out of her probate estate. Court records indicate that Jeanne Tovrea left a taxable non-probate estate of a $2.7 million life-insurance policy, with Nolan as beneficiary, and a taxable probate estate of approximately $2.1 million in property and securities. Taxes totaled approximately $2 million, which essentially wiped out her $2.1 million in property and securities. The $4 million trust actually was part of Ed Tovrea's estate and was set up in such a way that inheritance taxes were delayed until after Jeanne Tovrea's death. Taxes on that fund were about $2 million. The children were left with $2 million to divide among themselves. The children hoped to get the court to rule that a larger portion of the tax burden be shifted to Nolan. A probate court ruled in favor of Nolan, as did an appeals court in July 1992. In February 1993, six weeks before the five-year anniversary of Jeanne Tovrea's murder, the state Supreme Court denied the Tovrea children's petition for review. Neither the Tovrea children nor Nolan could be reached for comment. Medical Poison victims now suck on charcoal with straw By David Cannella The Arizona Republic A frequent sight for emergency-room physicians treating children who accidentally swallow poisons is a black, sooty charcoal that is supposed to be ingested by the children but often ends up on their faces and clothing. "It's because it tastes just awful," said Dr. Ronald Stallings, a physician from San Jose, Calif. Charcoal, administered in a thick paste for swallowing, is the best treatment for most poisonings, because it absorbs so well, he said. "But getting the child, even adults, to take it has been difficult," said Stallings, who was in Phoenix last week. Stallings, in conjunction with researchers at Stanford University, developed a new method of giving the activated charcoal that involves using a straw with a small sponge on it that emits a peppermint flavor. The child puts the straw and sponge in his mouth and sucks in the paste without tasting the charcoal. The method, called the First Responder Oral Tube, has been available to emergency medical workers for about six months. The product now is being marketed in drugstores. Stallings and other medical officials say the device, retailing for less than $20, could become a valuable addition to the family medicine cabinet. Stallings displayed the product last week, which was National Poison Prevention Week, at a meeting of emergency-room physicians in Phoenix. Healthful snacks vital for kids, experts say Snacks, sometimes seen as a sinful part of a child's eating habits, are actually a critical part of a healthful diet, some pediatricians say. 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