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My spouse and I jointly hired an attorney to execute end of life documents. He recently named someone other than me, and our attorney did not inform me.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

California.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

He named a 21 year old boy to replace me. We have been together for 40 years.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Our lawyer represents us both. Should she not have informed me?

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Legal
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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 6 months ago
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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 6 months ago

Your lawyer represented EACH of you separately - so, legally, she could not inform you of anything related to your husband's will. Your lawyer could actually be punished by the State Bar if she had disclosed his choices without his consent. I wish I could tell you otherwise but that is the law and, believe me while I don't always love what the law is, I'm not doing you any favors if I don't actually tell you what it is.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
If this does not constitute legal advice I am not interested. I thought that was what I was getting. Please reverse the charge. Thank you.
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Shedid npt represent us separately, and gave us each copies of our wills and durable powers of attorney. How would I know I was not his agent any more if she did not inform me. I don’t think you know what you are talking about.
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