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When litigation arose between the wife and son of a deceased lawyer, the lawyer’s old firm found out there may have been some referral fees taken for personal use that they alleged should have gone to the firm. And they wanted their money back.

But a Philadelphia judge found recently that Pennsylvania’s Dead Man’s Statute prohibits the law firm, Segal Wolf Berk Gaines & Liss, from testifying about the oral partnership agreement the firm said it had in place with Edward Wolf because he isn’t alive to rebut the testimony and representatives of his estate aren’t knowledgeable about the issue.

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