Financial abuse of the elderly is a serious problem. While most estate planning and elder law attorneys can be trusted not to abuse clients unfortunately not all can be trusted.
However, he is no longer respected or an attorney.
On Dec. 10, 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida permanently disbarred Edy. The list of things Edy did improperly is long.
He was charged with skimming money from a client's settlement checks, charging for unnecessary work that was never completed, charging a deceased person's credit card and not maintaining a trust account to hold client funds. These are all serious ethical problems that resulted in charges that Edy financially abused his elderly clients.
The News-Press reported on this story in an article entitled "Elder law attorney rips off seniors."
As horrendous as these charges may be it is important to note that he does not represent the overwhelming majority of estate planning and elder law attorneys who do not financially abuse their clients.
When hiring an attorney make certain you can trust the attorney. If something does not seem right, then it is often a good idea to ask a friend or family member if it seems right to them. You can also ask another attorney in the field for a second opinion.
The elder law attorneys I know are the most aggressive protectors of the elderly and disabled. I will be happy to assist if you or a family member has a concern about a loved one or would like a second opinion. It is never wrong to ask questions or trust your guts!
Reference: News-Press (Dec. 21, 2015) "Elder law attorney rips off seniors."