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A judge has stopped the partners in a controversial sale of a widow’s estate from pocketing the profits meant for “crippled children”—at least for now.

The move by Probate Judge Jack Keyes Monday is the latest twist in a saga about how lawyers handle estates, how insiders get deals on property, and whether a community foundation and a fund for “crippled children” was shortchanged by a group of deal-makers including former city official Sal Brancati.

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