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Lawsuit: Attorneys didn't properly represent woman when son made estate plan changes

State Court

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 8, 2019

Michael O. Hartz | Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

CHICAGO — A man is suing a legal team alleging his mother was not properly represented when another son allegedly tried to restructure her estate plan.

P. Andrew Katz, as limited guardian of the estate of Alyce K. Newman, filed a complaint on June 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against attorneys Michael Hartz and Elizabeth Kreasy, and their firm, Katten Muchin Rosenmann LLP, alleging legal malpractice, tortious interference and unjust enrichment.

According to the complaint, Newman was being represented by the defendants. The complaint alleges the defendants failed to evaluate the plaintiff's capacity to make changes to her estate plan, changes which allegedly would have reflected the interests of one of the plaintiff's sons, Leonard Katz. The defendants allegedly failed to evaluate if Newman was able to modify her estate plan, due to her alleged early stages of dementia. According to the complaint, the plaintiff had to spend large sums of money to reverse the changes to the estate plan.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $100,000 and other relief. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Michael Shiba in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2019-C-007155

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