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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Estate of Wilson Lucom

Lucom_wilsonHere is a summary of events surround the estate of Wilson Lucom as compiled from Marc Lacey, A Curmudgeon Leaves Millions to Poor Children of Panama, and the Battles Begin, NY Times, June 25, 2008 and David Usborne, Family fight will that leaves $50m to children of Panama, Independent, July 11, 2008:

      • Wilson C. Lucom died in 2006 at age 88.
      • Wilson's estate is valued at over $50 million.
      • Wilson was very conservative in his views and even believed that dropping a few nukes would solve the world's problems
      • He once considered leaving his entire estate to the person who captured Osama bin Laden.
      • Wilson left the majority of estate to a foundation to aid poor children who live in Panama where he had lived for several years near the end of his life.
      • Wilson was not previously known for his love of children; he was child-free and was not close to his step-children.
      • Wilson's wife, Hilda Lucom, is contesting the will even though she is entitled to $20,000 per month from his estate for the rest of her life.
      • So far, courts have upheld the will but there is a fear that judicial officials could be subject to political interference.

For detailed information, see Report to the Attorney General Country of Panama which includes copies Wilson's will and other relevant documents.

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this situation to my attention.

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Here is Richard Lehman, in an interview, updating the status of this 2 year old case:
http://www.lehmantaxlaw.com/interview4.html

Posted by: Mary Daultry | Nov 3, 2008 5:24:40 AM

January 30, 2009 -- The Lucom's inheritance is still in litigation. The poor children of Panama are waiting for a Court ruling that will benefit them with $50 Million. http://www.LucomChildren.com is a website with all the information about this case, including current video from Press Conference.

Posted by: Webmaster lucomchildren | Jan 30, 2009 6:58:36 AM

This REPORT posted July 12, 2010 from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)
Hungry for Justice: Corrupt Courts in Panama Deny Impoverished Children $50 Million in Inheritance

http://www.coha.org/hungry-for-justice-corrupt-courts-in-panama-deny-starving-children-50-million-in-inheritance/#more-9823

Panama Abuse of Criminal Procedures Against U.S. lawyer Richard Lehman

These are just some of the criminal abuses of the Panama laws directed against Lehman and that were ALL thrown out, dismissed and overruled.

1. Lehman was falsely accused of the Crime of Negligent Homicide. This was dismissed by the Panama Superior Court.
2. Lehman was falsely accused of the Crime of Aggravated Assault. This was dismissed by the Panama Superior Court.
3. Lehman was falsely accused of the Crime of Forgery of Documents. This was dismissed by the Panama Superior Court.
4. Lehman was falsely accused of the Crime of Illegal Exercise of a profession. This was dismissed by the Panama Superior Court.
5. Lehman was falsely accused of the crime of an Unlawful Association to commit Crimes. This was dismissed by the Panama Superior Court.
6. Lehman was falsely accused of the Crime of Perfidy. This was dismissed by the Panama Superior Court.
7. Lehman was falsely accused of the Crime of Extortion. This was dismissed by the Panama Supreme Court.
8. Lehman was falsely accused of the Crime of Slander. This was dismissed by the Panama Supreme Court.
9. Lehman was falsely listed as a Red Notice Alert Dangerous Criminal by Panama Interpol. This was dismissed by Interpol with apologies.
10. Lehman was falsely arrested on a crime he was cleared of 10 weeks earlier by the Panama Supreme Court. Another apology ensued.

In the Panamanian Probate courts it has been proven that:

1.An unconstitutional order was issued suspending Lehman’s powers as the Executor on August 31, 2006.

In a Superior Court Decision dated August 12, 2009, the Superior Court ordered the reversal in fact of the unconstitutional suspension order by directing that it be returned to the lower court and dismissed.

2.In November of 2007, the Panamanian Probate Court unconstitutionally appointed an Administrator to replace Richard Lehman as Albacea.

This Administrator was fired and the Order overturned by the Panama Supreme Court on August 12, 2009.

3. In August of 2008, the Panama Probate Court issued an Order that held that Lehman’s appointment as Executor was null and void from the beginning.

This Order was suspended and overturned by the Panama Supreme Court on October 12, 2009.

4. In a trial in Florida, a Panamanian attorney serving as an expert witness against Lehman lied about the Panamanian law. This was proven at a subsequent rehearing at which both Lehman’s expert witness and the opponent’s new expert witness contradicted the original witness.

Each one of the above orders were contrary to Panamanian law and were introduced as evidence in a Florida court which resulted in the finding against Richard Lehman that has been partially overturned with the balance expected to be overturned on appeal.

No legal order whatsoever has ever stood in lehman’s way to request distribution for the beneficiaries. The illegal ones have all been overcome in panama.

Four years later funds have still not been distributed to the designated beneficiaries, and impoverished Panamanian children continue to suffer.

Posted by: mdaultry | Jul 14, 2010 12:46:28 PM

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