Friday, May 16, 2014
When “Wizard of Oz” actor Mickey Carroll passed away in 2009, Linda Dodge gained power of attorney over Carroll. As Carroll’s caregiver, Dodge zealously defended her work as she faced claims by Carroll’s nieces and nephews that Dodge manipulated him to distance himself from relatives while she relished in meals, trips, and the benefits of bank withdrawals. The family filed suit in 2011 and seeks return of up to $500,000.
While Dodge’s lawyers called multiple witnesses to paint Carroll as a generous man, the plaintiffs’ lawyer told the court that Dodge “wormed her way into the life of Mickey Carroll and started to isolate him from other family members to prey upon his finances.” Carroll’s friends and family allege that Dodge neglected Carroll and that Carroll was not of sound mind and body. However, Dodge has insisted Carroll wanted to switch his accountants and insurance agents for convenience, and a $100,000 equity loan on Carroll’s home was his idea.
St. Louis County Circuit Court jurors are expected to begin deliberations today.
See Jennifer Mann, Caregiver’s Role Central in St. Louis County Court Fight Over Wizard of Oz Actor’s Estate, St. Louis Today, May 15, 2014.
Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.