A Lawyer’s Work: Dying Woman Signs Over Mansion
It’s a problem as old as old age, and one that touches almost all of us: How do you take care of your parent or grandparent and keep them safe?
Near the end of her 88 years, Mary Ellen Bendtsen, a fading celebrity whose landmark mansion had been a jewel of Dallas real estate, put her trust in two younger friends she called “the boys.”
The men, Mark McCay and Justin Burgess, brought a fourth party to the relationship: their lawyer.
Attorney Edwin Olsen took Bendtsen on as a client. At the end of her life, he helped her grant power of attorney to McCay and Burgess and sign a will making them beneficiaries.
Her family says “the boys'” relationship with Bendtsen was all designed to get her share of the almost $1 million home. The men, meanwhile, say that they were simply honoring their dying friend’s wishes.
Click on above link to read more of this very sleazy tale of elder abuse….
- The Fight Over Mary Ellen Bendtsen’s Estate, Part 2 (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Friends of aging socialite testify man accused of trying to swindle Mary Ellen Bendtsen threatened to take away his friendship if she didn’t give him control of property, money (crimeblog.dallasnews.com)
- The Fight Over Mary Ellen’s Will (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- APS investigator found man’s interaction with aging socialite troublesome (crimeblog.dallasnews.com)
- Testimony to begin for man accused of trying to swindle Swiss Avenue home from late former model Mary Ellen Bendtsen (crimeblog.dallasnews.com)
- Man convicted of attempted theft of Dallas estate (click2houston.com)
- 5 Common Mistakes When Making a Power of Attorney Document (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Power of Attorney Used to Fleece Elderly (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Defense Begins in Trial for Man Accused of Conspiring to Use a Suspicious Will (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Overheard in the Courthouse: ‘The Munsters’ (crimeblog.dallasnews.com)
- Adult Sons Ignore Mom’s Rotting Corpse for Months (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (blogs.lawyers.com)
Posted on June 26, 2012, in GUARDIANSHIP ABUSE and tagged Bendtsen, Dallas, elder abuse, Justin Burgess, Law, Mark McCay, Mary Ellen Bendtsen, Old age, Power of attorney, Real estate. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.