Thursday, May 28, 2009

Attorney Abuse

A California paralegal plead guilty to felony grand theft from an elderly person and was sentenced to two years in prison for inducing an 84-year-old lawyer to sell his law practice to him for $20.

The lawyer was suffering from early-stage dementia. . Paralegal Mario David Abernathy befriended the lawyer last year and gave him $20 as a down payment for the law practice valued at $750,000. Escrow closed on the practice, transferring it to Abernathy without any further payments.

The lawyer also signed a power of attorney giving Abernathy control of his assets and changed his will to benefit Abernathy’s mother and daughter. ocregister

H/T ABAJournal

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