Maybe it's that time of the year for estate planning attorney malfeasance. After previously discussing a California attorney that married her elderly client, it is now time to turn our attention to an Alabama estate planning attorney that is facing some unsavory allegations.
The Alabama lawyer is Richard Horne, who is facing allegations of "will fakery" -- also known as will forgery. And the reason Horne is giving to explain the situation is alleged memory loss, reports the Mobile Press-Register.
The person responsible for pressing many of the allegations against Horne is a man by the name of David Stroecker, an insurance agent, whose family is contesting the will deemed forged by the Mobile County Probate Court.
The probate process is a court-supervised process that is designed to sort out the transfer of a person's property at death.
The probate process may be contested or uncontested. Often, contested issues arise in the probate process because a disgruntled heir is seeking a larger share of the decedent's property than that he or she actually received.
And, of course, allegations that a will might be fake or forged are part and parcel of probate contests. Often it falls on the Probate Court to make the determination of fakery.
It is always recommended to make a will, even if the chance exists that people will contest it. More often than not, wills will hold up. However, it never hurts to have a savvy and trained attorney write it.
Avoiding the financial and emotional turmoil of will contests and other legal wrangling starts with choosing an experienced New York estate planning attorney.