Economy turns probate lawyer from Oprah to Springer
2:05 pm, December 5th, 2012
Marietta wills and estates lawyer Dawn Levine confides to the Cobb County Bar Association in the group’s newsletter that tough economic times have turned her once peaceful practice into a brawl between bereaved heirs to shrinking family funds and their desperate creditors.
“Even when cautioned that litigation many mean the attorneys will go home with more of their inheritance than they do, a growing number of heirs are chancing it,” Levine writes. And creditors are sometimes turning debts over to increasingly aggressive collection agencies “before the deceased is even buried.”
Once upon a time she had the occasional Tom Cruise jumping for joy on the couch client, Levine writes. Now, she’s “trying to keep the guests from smashing each other with chairs.” Among her new challenges: “Trying to keep myself out of harm’s way.”