Doctor wrote himself into 102-year-old patient's will: suit
A prominent New York doctor swindled a 102-year-old Park Avenue
patient, writing himself into her will and installing health care aides
who mistreat the widow, a new lawsuit charges.
Donna Spears, a longtime friend of centenarian Helen Schlesinger,
claims in her Manhattan civil suit that New York-Presbyterian physician
Dr. Lawson Moyer has broken the law by both treating the 470 Park Ave.
resident and appointing himself as her power of attorney.
“Moyer is making decisions for Helen that are not in her best interests,” Spears says in the suit.
Spears, of Wall Township, NJ, says she has known Schlesinger for 65
years. The frail woman, whose husband died in the 1950s, cannot get
around on her own and requires 24-hour care.
In a 2003 will, Spears and a family member were designated to inherit
the woman’s entire multimillion-dollar estate — save for a $10,000
bequest to the Salvation Army.
But shortly after Moyer became Schlesinger’s primary care doctor in
2010, the suit says, Schlesinger signed a new document “against [her]
wishes” that left him $100,000, slashed Spears’ share to $25,000 and
gave the rest to various charities.
Spears says Moyer hired nurses who have neglected and mentally abused the childless widow.
Spears wants a judge to appoint a guardian for Schlesinger.
Moyer did not return calls for comment.