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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thomas Davis Testifies In Judge Perrin Trial

WillsAs I have previously discussed, Judge Heather Perrin is accused of deceiving one of her former clients, Thomas Davis, by agreeing to write a will for him that would bequeath his property to his nieces, but instead writing one that bequeathed a portion of his estate to the judge's children while she was a solicitor.

On November, 13, 2012, Thomas Davis took the stand to testify against Judge Perrin. He explained that Ms. Perrin did agreed to write him a will. He also recalled signing the will but not being given the opportunity to review the will before hand. The document was also not read to him. The witnesses who reportedly attested this will were the judge's husband and her secretary at her office. However, Mr. Davis testified that neither witness was at the signing. He further testified that he never gave Judge Perrin instructions to leave cash gifts to her daughters and would never have signed a will that did just that. He also made let it be known that he has given cash gifts to his nieces in the past to counter the argument made by Judge Perrin that Mr. Davis did not want to leave money to his nieces because of how they spend their money. 

See Man Never Agreed To Leave Half of His Estate to Judge's Children, Court Hears, IrishTimes.com, Nov. 13, 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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