When Dennis’s lawyer told Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange Dennis had died that very morning at the sentencing hearing May 6, 2016, the indictment against him was dismissed within days, and the U.S. attorney told me it should provide some comfort that I could rely on the civil judgment for restitution. I told him it was certainly no comfort.
For measure I instructed “my lawyers” to file a claim against his estate, and they did August 11, 2016. The summary of the probate action is here. Notice the document has no lawyers’ signature block, which is odd. It mentions our $380,177.50 civil judgment and the federal indictment. I asked why neither I nor the trust got a bill for this, and in October the law firm admitted my stepmother had been paying their invoices for some time, and I assume from almost the beginning.
Dennis’s wife filed a written statement of claim February 27, 2017 that his estate’s worth is a negative $617.84, so I assume that is that, a miserable ending to a previously hard-working, honest man who couldn’t resist stealing my entire future. I sent “my lawyers” a letter terminating them and told them their insufficient, ineffective counsel makes them liable for all the loss to the trust, in that they ignored my numerous pleas to ask the court for a structured repayment schedule for a year after we received the judgment.