Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Cons Hide in Plain Sight

I am bombarded with emails and telephone calls from surprised people. They usually say something like you won't believe what just happened to me or can we meet right away, I have a case that will knock your socks off. Inheritance theft knows no boundaries. Folks we are talking about brothers pitted against sisters, step-mothers against step-children, caregivers, advisers and even ministers against families.

When someone with assets starts to lose mental capacity or dies, they, or their estates, are vulnerable to significant attacks from people within the their own social circles. The worst part is that nobody sees it coming. As sad as it might sound, I am never surprised to hear how the "responsible" older sister abused her power as trustee of her mother's trust to completely rip off her younger sister. It happens all the time.

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