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

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ford Heirs Lose Battle to Oust Mother’s Allegedly Abusive Caregiver

DurossThe heirs to Henry Ford II - the eldest grandson of legendary Henry Ford - filed a legal challenge against their late patriarch's attorney, Frank Chopin, who is now the champion of Ford's widow, Kathleen DuRoss Ford, 80. They claimed that the man tried to control their access to her and, abused her by “[forcing] pills down her throat.” Chopin, who has power of attorney over the widow's affair, denies the allegations.

On Wednesday, a Palm Beach judge denied their request to have Chopin removed as her caregiver, and leaving her daughters, grandchildren and even her sister, Sharon, 82, distraught. Tara DuRoss, a 23-year-old granddaughter of Ford's, claimed Chopin had limited them to scheduled conference calls and meetings away from her home, and now the calls had stopped. “I used to call her every day. We just want to be able … to see her.”

Chopin remarked that it is untrue that Tara spoke to Kathleen daily. He called her an “idiot child,” and said the family were “estranged” unless “they wanted something.”

See Oli Coleman, Ford Heirs Lose Battle to Oust Mother’s Allegedly Abusive Caregiver, Page Six, March 26, 2020.

Special thanks to Reid Weisbord (Professor of Law and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar, Rutgers Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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