Lou Ann Anderson writes for the Bell County Michigan Legal News Examiner. See her article about an attorney who stole $800,000 from the estate of a now deceased client. More details form Danielle Quisenberry writing for the Jackson Citizen Patriot here.
Anderson says: "Using the probate system or probate instruments (wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney) to steal assets is a growing problem. Many of these actions are fueled by a sense of entitlement, others by plain greed. Sometimes, as with guardianships, the asset owner is alive, but a person can be posthumously victimized by probate theft through estate planning vehicles like a will or a trust. These cases manifest themselves in a variety of configurations, but "players" usually include one or some combination of greedy attorneys, disgruntled family members and/or wannabe heirs."
For more on this uplifting topic, see Estate of Denial – Shining Light on the Dark Side of Estate Management. Anderson includes a post about "Legal industry silent on Astor estate attorney culpability."