Hearing next week on Aldridge lawsuit venue

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – U.S. Bankruptcy Court will consider the future of Florence Aldridge’s civil lawsuit against family members and a charity she claims wrongly used her estate while she was ill.
Judge David W. Houston III will hear arguments Monday on whether Aldridge’s lawsuit may proceed in Lee County chancery court or remain with him.
Aldridge’s claims were before Chancellor Michael Malski on Aug. 23 when two defendants, her brother-in-law, Louis Aldridge, and his wife Janice, filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Malski decided to freeze deliberations while the bankruptcy court considered whether an automatic stay should be lifted, and if so, where the lawsuit would be handled.
Florence Aldridge also sued her nephew Brian Aldridge and his charity, Touched By An Angel Ministries Inc., claiming much of her estate was misdirected through the charity and a parallel organization, Touched By An Angel Ministries Enterprises Inc., to her detriment.
The financial dealings occurred, she says, while Louis Aldridge had her power of attorney from 2003 into 2008. She claims her losses exceed $550,000.
The defendants deny her allegations, and Brian Aldridge, who is TBAAM’s chief executive officer, insists he knew nothing about where money came from to run the camp for the disabled.
The bankruptcy hearing is set for 10 a.m. at the bankruptcy courthouse in Aberdeen.
Recently, Louis and Janice Aldridge filed a list of creditors with the court. It shows 56 creditors, including many health care providers, as well as the IRS and attorneys now representing Florence Aldridge in her lawsuit.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com