Friday, April 3, 2009

Questions for the Jury

Do you have any particular expertise on the top of wills and/or powers of attorney?

Do you have a will?

If yes, did a lawyer help you to write your will?

If Yes, and if you have a spouse or partner, what percentage of your assets have you left to him or her in your will?

If you have children, what percentage of your assets have you left to them in your will?

Do you have any views with respect to the gift tax or the tax laws in general that would affect your ability to be fair and impartial in this case?

These are questions for prospective jurors who will hear the case against Anthony Marshall, charged with looting his mother Brooke Astor's estate. Also charged is her attorney who did some estate planning for her.

I doubt that many of the prospective jurors have views about the gift tax or are even aware of it. Anyway it's going to be an interesting trial.

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