Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Monday, December 2, 2013

Miner's Appeal Fails


As I have previously discussed, attorney Steven Miner was ordered by a Cook County judge to repay the estate of Glenn Burren $700,000 after persuading a client to give Miner checks totaling $500,000 and to sign a will giving Miner’s children 40% of the client’s estate.

In In re Estate of Glenn H. Burren, an Illinois appellate court upheld the trial court’s decision to find Burren’s will invalid and to order Miner to repay nearly $500,000 plus prejudgment interest to the estate.  The court found that the circumstances surrounding the execution of the will raised a presumption that Miner exercised undue influence over Burren, a presumption that Miner was unable to rebut.


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