WOW Word-Of-the-Week #471: Proverb

August 15, 2013 by  

Proverb a short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.

Do you have a favorite proverb? Would you agree that it is basically a true statement?

One of my favorites is, “What goes around comes around.” It means the results of things that one has done will someday have an effect on that person. And the other one that came to mind this week was, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Have you heard that one? It means children are like their parents.

Do you remember the story from a two years back about my friend Kim from Chicago whose children tried to sue her for “Bad Mothering?” Well she emailed me this week with a story about her ex-husband and children’s father.  The Chicago Tribune article titled, “Bad mothering’ attorney faces state discipline: Court ruled Barrington lawyer bilked client of $500,000.”

Steve Schmadeke wrote, “An attorney who once helped his adult children sue their mother for emotional damages because of a poorly chosen birthday card and a subpar homecoming dress now faces disciplinary action for writing the same two children into an elderly client’s will and allegedly stealing nearly $500,000 from the client’s estate.

Steven Miner, a Barrington attorney who filed a “bad mothering” lawsuit against his ex-wife on behalf of his son and daughter in 2009, is accused by Illinois’ attorney disciplinary body of violating attorney rules by drafting a will for a client that benefited Miner’s own family as well as stealing money from the client.

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The disciplinary matter arose from Miner’s relationship with client Glenn Burren that dated to the 1970s. Miner dated Burren’s daughter for a time, and later Burren dated Miner’s mother, according to an appeals court ruling. Miner remained close with Burren, calling him “Pops,” the court said.

In 2004, Burren signed a typewritten will handed to him by Miner after attending a birthday party for Miner’s son, according to the ruling. Under the will, 40 percent of Burren’s estate went to Miner’s two children and the rest to Burren’s three children, the court said.

Later, Burren signed papers giving Miner power of attorney and handed over to the lawyer checks totaling nearly $500,000. After Burren’s death in 2007, his children contested the will filed by Miner and later took the attorney to court to recover the $500,000 that had vanished from their father’s estate.

Miner told a Cook County judge that he cashed the checks at his bank and then returned the cash to Burren, but Judge Susan Coleman didn’t buy it, saying Miner had presented “no independent credible evidence” that he returned the money. The judge ordered Miner to repay the estate nearly $500,000 plus more than $200,000 in interest. An appeals court recently upheld that ruling.”

This week’s focus is about making sure you know that things you do will someday have an effect on you. Be it positive or negative! Actions speak louder than words.