A lawyer can screw you quite easily.

Atsugi

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Just a warning about a legal danger.

Right after my wife passed, a lawyer (not mine) approached a judge in the elevator and mentioned that poor so-and-so had died (my wife) and needed a personal representative. The judge signed the lawyers papers on the spot, appointing that lawyer to be the personal representative of MY wife.

That gave the lawyer the authority to go into my wife's accounts and look around. Pretty convenient for him since his firm was SUING my wife.

Not right, but not easy to fix. It was a fluke that I found out about it in the first place.
 

ReginaS

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That sounds awful. I would think this is unethical and a conflict of interest... I love your posts Atsugi. Sorry you had to deal with something like this.
 

MarieLaure

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Is that legal ? Sounds awful. You must then have had yet another battle to fight.
Good to warn everyone
 

soonerwife

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That is horrible and can't be ethical. That lawyer definitely needs to be reported.
 

Narrowminded

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I sure hope her accounts were empty by the time he got there. I do hope you reported him to the Barr. And the judge too for just taking him at his word without checking that she already had representation.
 

Jamesgol

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Just a warning about a legal danger.

Right after my wife passed, a lawyer (not mine) approached a judge in the elevator and mentioned that poor so-and-so had died (my wife) and needed a personal representative. The judge signed the lawyers papers on the spot, appointing that lawyer to be the personal representative of MY wife.

That gave the lawyer the authority to go into my wife's accounts and look around. Pretty convenient for him since his firm was SUING my wife.

Not right, but not easy to fix. It was a fluke that I found out about it in the first place.
As a lawyer let me just say, this type of thing is not uncommon. The judge should be reported. He violated the canons of judicial ethics by engaging in exparte communications.
 

Nuts

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Unbelievable. Yes, please do report them both, Mike. Wow.
 

KarenNWendyn

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He violated the canons of judicial ethics by engaging in exparte communications.
Wow. That’s fancy talk.
Great to have a lawyer on board here, James, though I wish you weren’t a PALS.
 
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