Courtesy HCN Online:
At Monday’s hearing regarding the Jessica Vickery Irrevocable Trust, 75th District Court Judge, the Honorable C.T. “Rusty” Hight, removed Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald as trustee.
Fitzgerald had sought to remain as trustee even though the beneficiary of the trust, Jessica Vickery, the daughter of Glenn Vickery and Helen Green, had asked for his removal. The young woman’s parents were split on who should act as trustee of the estate. Glenn Vickery was in support of Phil Fitzgerald and Green and her daughter had asked that First Liberty National Bank be appointed the trustee.
As he announced his ruling, Hight admitted that he could not remove Glenn Vickery’s ability to name a trustee; however, he ruled that Glenn Vickery and Green must jointly name another trustee. If an agreement cannot be reached, First Liberty National Bank will be appointed.
The other terms of the ruling are that Vickery must pay his daughter’s trust in the amount of $75,000 for lease payments that were never made and $38,000 in back taxes. Vickery was, however, given a $25,000 credit for lease payments due to the money he spent on a drainage project, which was performed by Fitzgerald’s Hard Rock Construction Company."
It seems Liberty County Judge, Carrol Thomas Hight wants the Liberty National Bank to manage the Vickery trust like they are managing the phantom Liberty Hospital District corporation. This is an obvious attempt by Judge Hight to reward Liberty National Bank because of its bail out of the Liberty Hospital District. Liberty County residents should think twice before opening an account at the Liberty National Bank or keeping an account there.
Phil Fitzgerald really lost nothing in this court battle and Judge Hight effectively blessed Fitzgerald with no worries. Judge Hight gave the real win to Fitzgerald after Fitzgerald made millions from the county and the Vickery Trust.