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Bennett J. Wasserman

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  • Can an attorney write himself into a client's will?

    My mother is ill and after corresponding with her physician regarding her healthcare status and needs, the physician felt it necessary to inform me that there are people surrounding my mother who are taking advantage of her. She stated that she ha...

    Bennett’s Answer

    As a general proposition, what you are describing sounds like undue influence and possible breach of the lawyer's fiduciary duty to your mother. The laws relating to wills and a lawyer's professional responsibility are governed by state law. I presume your mother and the lawyer are in the same state. You must confer with a competent attorney experienced in legal ethics and wills to guide you for your next move. Check out the members of two organizations who are licensed in the state where your mom and the lawyer are. Those two organizations are the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Both have websites which you can Google to find. With good, competent legal counsel you may be able to nip this problem in the bud, before its too late. Good luck.

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