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

Friday, November 9, 2012

Judge Deceives Former Client

Court FightA District Court judge in Malahide, Dublin is set to go to trial for deceiving a former client of hers by writing a will for him that did not do what he intended. The judge here, Heather Perrin, was once the head solicitor at her firm in Dublin. One of her clients, Thomas Davis, came to her so that she could write a will for him that would bequeath his property to his wife's nieces. Mr. Davis did not inspect the document because he trusted Ms. Perrin. When Ms. Perrin became a judge, a new solicitor took over her cases and informed Mr. Davis that his will, in fact, gave about half of his estate to the children of Judge Perrin. At trial, Judge Perrin claimed in her defense that she did what Mr. Davis wanted. She claimed that the reason for this change was that Mr. Davis stated that he was not happy with how his nieces were irresponsible with their money.

See District Court Judge's Deception Trial Opens, BreakingNews.ie, Nov. 9, 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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