Legal Malpractice: Conflict of Interest
During jury selection, claims of legal malpractice, conflict of interest and fraud against a law firm and its principle, resulted in a recovery for the Estate of a mentally incompetent client who passed away before the lawsuit was filed. It was alleged that the law firm was retained by one relative to represent both himself and the mentally incompetent client. It was argued that the law firm prepared "Powers of Attorney" and Change of Beneficiary forms all to disinherit two other relatives. The attorneys changed the terms of an Estate plan and arranged for their severely demented client to sign documents adding one relative/ client as a joint tenant with the mentally incompetent client on a substantial bank account.