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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lawyer Accused of Using Forged Durable Power of Attorney to Murder Her Father

Court FightA lawyer from Missouri has been charged with First-Degree Murder of her father while he was staying at his vacation home. The lawyer has pleaded not guilty to the charge. What makes this case interesting is that the the state has accused of the attorney of murdering her father by forging her father's durable power of attorney so that the doctors would have no choice but "'to deny him life sustaining medical treatment.'" The attorney, Susan Elizabeth Van Note, owns a firm in Kansas City, Missouri.

See Martha Neil, Mo. Lawyer Charged in Dad's Murder Accused of Using Forged Health Care POA to Deny Him Treatment, ABAJournal, Sept. 10, 2012.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention. 


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