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Lawyer Funnels Money Out of Trust Fund

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on October 30, 2017

Family Law Expert WitnessIn this case, the defendant attorney was asked to serve as a manager of a trust fund. The trustors had previously owned a large business, and had begun to sell many of the company’s assets at the time of the trust’s creation. In order to mitigate taxes so that the family could maximize their charitable donations and provide money for their children and grandchildren, the originators of the trust had an estate plan created with their attorney, who was given greater and greater control over the trust and its assets over the course of several years. Eventually, one of the trustees contacted another attorney friend regarding the original lawyer’s actions as manager and trustee, and the attorney ultimately convinced the plaintiffs that  and the others involved in the estate plan (i.e. the estate planning attorney, insurance agents, etc.) created and administered the estate plan as as scam and scheme to steal the family’s money.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Are you familiar with the proper management of trusts?
  • 2. Have you worked on similar cases in the past?
  • 3. Are you familiar with a breach of fiduciary responsibilities?

Expert Witness Response E-014596

I have extensive experience with the “proper management of trusts” and I am very familiar with the concepts associated with breach of fiduciary duties. The defense has a great case, I would be happy to review this.

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