One of the most amazing things about all the miscreants in probate–attys and judges writing articles, appearing as “renowned” speakers, gaining accolades for the “important work in protecting the elderly and disabled” — is that they also engage in some of the worst forms of probate abuse (acting without jurisdiction, improper or no service up on the disabled person, etc.) but at the same time write some pretty darned good articles on the evils of elderly abuse and exploitation.
Read on for one of these. This article is apparently written by an atty miscreant who has isolated and drugged atty Lisa Belanger’s father from his two beloved daughters and several grandchildren who have not seen him for a long, long time, and all over $9 million! (This is the same case where the Plenary Guardian told the court that all that money would be gone in 7 or so years due to their fees–yikes). How is this two-faced attitude possible (and in the words of Abraham Lincoln who was often accused of being two-faced, “if I really were two faced, do you really think I’d be using this one?”)
Read on for more information:
From Ken Ditkowsky:
To: JoAnne M Denison <JoAnne@DenisonLaw.com>; kenneth ditkowsky <email@example.com>;
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2012 1:14 AM
Subject: Weston attorney Lisa Cukier: Beware of financial exploitation – Wayland, MA – Wicked Local Wayland
this is the atty for BNY mellon who has exploited my father– and she writes this article!!
Amazingly, it’s not a bad article. To watch out for signs of exploitation, to keep your items safe, to perhaps think about putting your wealth in a trust because it’s harder to break a trust. Lots of good information.
You will note she never says “and if I and another non-family member get ahold of your estate, we can deplete $9 million in 3 to 4 years.”
Hmmm, she forgot that one. And also the warning that if LC finds out you might switch your $9 million from Melon Bank NYC to another bank she will help MB NYC remove you as guardian, get a non family member to function as guardian to keep those assets where they belong–until she and another CPA get enough fees out of the estate, that is.
She never explains how to avoid that one!
From Mass. atty Lisa Belanger on the state of her case (and also corrections to the above post):
technical corrections to your posting re Ms. Cukier: the calculation for depletion was 7.4 years; the person who specifically informed the judge of that calculation was Attorney Maxa Berid, General counsel for Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc--on behalf of the guardian. See below ; http://www.massfamilybusiness.com/Docs/FamilyBusinessPubl_2010_Q1.pdf Brian Nagle was the financial advisor from BNY Mellon, who testified in court that he personally called Attorney Ed Tarlow and asked Attorney Tarlow to go see my Father while under involuntary commitment to the psychiatric facility, Whitter Pavilion. Attorneys Tarlow and Watson, never having my Father ever as a client--went in hand to their very first "meeting" with Father at the Whitter Hospital, the very next day after speaking with Brian Nagle. Attorneys Tarlow and Watson brought with them an already drafted Revocation of Durable Power of Attorney and a new Power of Attorney, designating Father's CPA (who has an already existing relationship with Mr. Nagle). Attorney DeNapoli was the mouthpiece for Attorneys Tarlow and Watson in court. Needless to say, you can only imagine the unconscionable proportions of the documents they drafted. Both BNY Mellon and Attorney Tarlow were given complete control--specifically stating they did not need to apprise Father before doing anything; as well as, Attorney Tarlow's law office being directly paid from Father's BNY Mellon account. The documents were so self-dealing that they made it so Attorney Tarlow's Office could not be terminated by CPA and that CPA could not use anybody else other than BNY Mellon. They made CPA Father's health care proxy!! 2 days prior to Father being discharged from Whittier Pavilion--at a court hearing, the Probate Judge indicated that Father was "competent" when signing those documents drafted by Attorney Trlow and watson. Because of issues raised whether Father's original DPOA executed in 2003 also served as a valid, Health Care Proxy, Father affirmed his prior wishes again that he wanted me as his health care proxy. Father did so at the Whittier Pavilion, with Whittier Pavillion's staff as witnesses to this affirmed Health Care Proxy and Father's awareness of what he was signing--and his outward expressed wishes. When Father personally called Attorney Tarlow to fire him--which Father's current counsel filed an Affidavit stating that Father never wanted or asked for Attorney Tarlow's legal services and that Father was deceived as to what he was signing, Attorney Tarlow filed a petition with the court stating that Father was not competent to fire him! The coup de gras was that Attorney Tarlow filed a motion to be paid approximated $108,000 for legal services-- the Probate Judge reduced it to $6,500. Attorney Tarlow filed a motion for reconsideration!! from Lisa Belanger and thanks for the corrections.