Two Portland lawyers
are being sued for elder abuse
and negligence after allegedly helping two women steal from an ailing relative in her 80s.
According to the suit filed Dec. 17 in Multnomah County
Circuit Court, lawyers Stacy Fletcher
and James Dodge
were hired in 2008 to prepare a power of attorney for Evelyn Roth
, who was 81 at the time and had recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Roth, the people who hired the lawyers were Kathleen Jingling and Virginia Kuehn, Roth's niece and cousin respectively. Roth believed they needed power of attorney simply to pay routine bills while Roth underwent medical treatment, the suit says.
Jingling and Kuehn were later each sentenced to one year in jail
for placing Roth's house up for sale, selling off her belongings and stealing from her estate.
The lawsuit claims Fletcher and Dodge should have known elder abuse was taking place. The suit, filed by Portland lawyer Sibylle Baer, seeks three times the amount of the money stolen—$682,974 total.
Dodge says Fletcher was involved in the Roth case and that he himself was not. Fletcher has not yet responded to a request for comment.
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