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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Attorney Depletes Veteran's Trust


Grover Gordon, 82, hired Escondido attorney Sydney Kirkland to take care of his finances.  What she ended up doing was taking over $275,000 of his inheritance left to him by good friend Bobbi Letman.

Kirkland was also Letman’s attorney so she was able to add her own name as co-trustee and beneficiary of the trust.  Gordon didn’t understand how trusts work, but did hire a second attorney to investigate Kirkland after a property bill went unpaid. 

Kirkland pled guilty to grand theft, embezzlement, and financial abuse of an elder and received 18 months in jail.

See Consumer Bob, Attorney Admits to Stealing Inheritance from Veteran, NBC San Diego, Sept. 17, 2013.


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