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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Will Contestants Claim Beneficiary Applied Undue Influence

Last willI have previously discussed the dispute surrounding Geraldine Webber's last will and trust.  Those contesting the will claim that “Police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin exerted undue influence over Webber, while she was impaired by dementia, to inherit her waterfront home, stocks, bonds and a Cadillac.”  Dr. Ira Schwartz, who was Webber’s physician, testified that she had been diagnosed with dementia back in 2008.  Sgt. Goodwin became Webber’s medical contact in February 2011 and he claims that he provided her with “comfort and care” up until her death in December 2012.  In May 2012, shortly before her death, Webber signed a will leaving Goodwin the majority of her estate. 

See Elizabeth Dinan, Officer's $2.7M benefactor had dementia, doctor testifies, Seacoastonline, April 27, 2015.

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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