Chicago attorney William Garland Myers thought he was doing the best thing for his elderly, senile client when, without her knowledge, he re-executed her will to guard against a rumored fake one.

After all, Mr. Myers, a former law partner to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, had been told by the client’s son that some household employees were suspected of stealing from his infirm mother and of forging a will with designs on a bigger piece of her $77 million estate.

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