Another thieving Barbados estate lawyer

Having read your articles on crooked lawyers in Barbados and having gotten no satisfaction from the probate attorney for my wife’s God-Mother I thought of writing you and The Nation.  What makes this outright thievery a bit different (probably not unique) is that my wife, (name removed by editor) was born in Barbados and is a Barbados and US citizen.  The attorney in question did not identify all foreign securities (due in the will to go to my wife) and has continued since the death (1999) to routinely cash dividends.

That he was doing so was brought to us by an employee of Inland Revenue who cannot further identify himself. The attorney in question has confessed to all of this in writing–exacted with the help of an attorney-cousin of my wife, who can get no further with this thief.

No help from the Barbados Bar Association.

I have chapter and verse.

This surely hurts the honourable nation Barbados is.  We have never stopped coming all 50 years of our marriage.

signed (name and contact info sent to BFP, but not published by editor)

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15 responses to “Another thieving Barbados estate lawyer

  1. John Da Silva

    Why isn’t this a matter for the police? Surely lawyers are not above the law?

  2. Sing-a-song

    Unless names are given, this story can only be taken as a fictitious tale intended to draw attention to the potential for malfeasance by Bajan attorneys.

  3. ComeHere

    Sadly, this is not the first accusation against the Barbados legal profession with allegations of BLATANT criminal acts. This den of thieves knows that there is no downside to cheating clients, no sanctions coming due to complacent disregard for the timely execution of simple services, or not even a slap on the wrist for outright conflict of interest in violation of attorney/client confidentiality. These offenses are CRIMINAL ACTS. The accused should be put on trial and jailed. At the very least, stripped of their law license(s). What is the difference in stealing money by force with a cutlass or stealing money by duping the uninformed with insider knowledge of our corrupt system? The lack of legal recourse available to those harmed by our money grubbing lawyers’ wrongdoing is well known to the more sophisticated foreign investors who now opt to buy property outside of BIM via offshore stock transactions in the BVIs, thereby depriving Barbados of the attendant stamp duty, taxes, legal fees, central bank filings, etc. When the fox is allowed to guard the hen house, soon there will be no chickens. A bare joke on us all to allow this to happen in the clear light of day, especially to our fellow Bajans! Yard fowl in a robe and wig.

  4. Straight talk

    If we are not even able to make fair comment because of our outdated libel laws and the legal conspiracy which abuses them to stifle fair comment, how about recommending attorneys with whom we have had good, prompt and honest service?
    Besides shaming the omitted, it may provide a valuable point of reference for returning nationals or foreigners, frightened by necessarily anonymous tales of malpractice.

    I’ll start the ball rolling with John Hanschell

  5. RRRicky

    I can understand why BFP didn’t publish the names. Sometimes people regret writing letters to the editor and BFP probably wants to be careful. They said the writer gave all contact information and I believe BFP. This story is typical in Barbados.

  6. reality check

    John Da Silva

    surely you jest?

    The Inland Revenue whistleblower has undoubtedly been censored and is afraid for his job for doing the right thing.

    The lawyers can’t and won’t do anything because it consists of a small fraternity of mutual back scratchers many of whom are ethically challenged.

    ComeHere has summarized the essence of justice in Barbados point on.

    End of story.

  7. Peltdownman

    Going public with this via the blogs is a good start, but you are pushing on an open door. You have to take the matter to the police. Get details of names and numbers of the officers you speak to. If you go nowhere, then go above their heads doing the same thing. Keep a record. If still going nowhere, take it directly to the the Director of Public Prosecutions. Keep a record of the times and dates of every interaction – even better if you can get a recording. If you still get nowhere, take it international. No one will act until they are publicly embarrassed, or until the country is publicly embarrassed. This criminal needs to be put away.

  8. oh my

    Peltdownman no offense but saying take it to the DPP is like saying take it to the corrupt lawyer himself!

  9. Avatar Gurl

    Then go over EVERYBODY head!

    Get as much excrement as possible, then get a fan!

    BLAZE IT TO CNN, BOSS! Everybody international would have to hear FIRST!

    Kidding me? Man let them try to cover up they face after that!

  10. Johnny Postle

    @ John Da Silva

    Your cynicism is showing.

  11. John Da Silva

    Yes it is!!

  12. Lawyers not only steal from deceased estates in Barbados, They also lie to the children of the dead in Australia about their mothers wishes, See www,lawyersorgraverobbers,com

    It is a world wide money making pit for greedy lawyers.

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