The relative of a former client has sued Judge Greg Wilhelm of Ellis County Court at Law No. 1.
The case was filed May 9 in 40th District Court, with Martrice Parish of Wood County alleging Wilhelm failed to file a form on behalf of her sister, the late Marlotte Parish, who passed away Jan. 21, 2005.
According to the lawsuit, Marlotte Parish retained Wilhelm - who was in private practice at the time - to change her will and to also change the beneficiary on a life insurance policy to her four adopted children.
“Wilhelm agreed to prepare the will, to see that it was properly executed and to take care of the changing of the beneficiary on the life insurance policy,” the lawsuit reads, saying the will and change of beneficiary were handled Jan. 2, 2005.
The lawsuit alleges the change of beneficiary was not filed with the insurance company and the policy was paid to a prior-named beneficiary.
“A close and long-time friend of my wife, Monica, and myself suffered with terminal brain cancer and passed away in the winter of 2005,” Wilhelm said. “While in hospice, she asked me to help facilitate certain of her final wishes, which I did.
“Following her death, a dispute arose between her sister and her surviving spouse. I have been brought into the dispute. Monica and I hold the greatest hope that some day there will be reconciliation between our friend’s husband and her sister,” Wilhelm said. “Because a lawsuit is now pending, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The lawsuit asks for $200,000 in damages plus attorney fees.
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