"Just one more thing..."
Do you remember that famous catchphrase from Lieutenant Columbo, played brilliantly by actor Peter Falk? He was one of the most important TV and movie stars of his day, and he inspired a generation of detective shows.
Falk lost an eye at the age of three because of a malignant tumor, and because of that disability, he was rejected from the armed services. He nevertheless joined the US Merchant Marines at the end of World War II and served as a cook and mess boy. He later applied for a job with the CIA but was rejected because he had joined a union while serving in the Merchant Marines. It wasn't until he was 30 years old that he ultimately decided to pursue a career in acting.
Most people do not know or remember that Falk's mother, Madeline Falk, was a victim of elder financial abuse, crimes which were carried out by her caregiver and that Falk worked to prosecute that wrongdoer. Elder financial abuse was a matter about which Falk was passionate. In 2003, using his celebrity status, Falk made a public service video in which he urged banks and other front-line professionals to lead the defense against financial exploitation of the elderly. You can find that YouTube video online.
Ironically, Falk made that video at the age of 76, and a few short years later he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. His life, and then his estate, quickly became embroiled in its own controversy - not elder financial abuse, but another common and related problem we see every day in our law practice: a stepmother/stepchild dispute...
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