July 22, 1994
Re: Doris M. Rich
Dear Mr. Bolt,
I wish to appraise you of certain facts:
Doris M. Rich has an account with the Bank of America, Account No. 04245-06670. However, by check no. 104 in the amount of $23,300, which cleared on June 28, 1994, almost all of the balance in that account was withdrawn. This was the only check written during that entire monthly statement period on that account.
I asked Mrs. Rich about this and she stated that the purpose of this was to transfer the money to Continental Bank, so that all of her money would be with one bank. However, I note that Myrna has signing authority over the Continental Pacific Bank account, whereas the Bank of America account is solely in the name of Doris Rich.
An intriguing fact is that the last hearing on the matter of competency took place on June 30. Why was this money transferred just two days before that hearing? Also, would money in a joint account have been taken by a conservator? Was this transfer made for the purpose of taking the money out of the reach of any third-party conservator? What other possible reasons could there have been for the transfer of this money at that point in time?
The following is a list of some of the units owned by Mrs. Rich which are now available for rent. However, I am not entirely certain of this list, as it was in her hand writing and was difficult to read. I make no guarantees whatever as to the accuracy of this list:
185 West I St, Apt. 2, Benecia ...... $500 ...... $425
1031 Indiana St., Vallejo ...... $450 ...... $385
1305 Indiana ....... $385 ...... $330
731 York St. ....... $365 ...... $310
731 1/2 York St. ....... $395 ...... $335
525 Virginia St., #2 ....... $250 ....... $210
525 Virginia St., #4 ....... $365 ....... $310
525 Virginia St., #5 ....... $275 ....... $235
525 Virginia St., #6 ....... $350 ....... $300
1305 1/2 Indiana has been rented.
I found out after leaving your office that Mrs. Rich and Mr. Shipley go back a long way, much further than we expected. Upon leaving your office, Mrs. Rich started talking about a conflict Neel Rich had had with Mr. Shipley 25 years ago. Unfortunately, others interrupted and I was unable to find out more about this. The main thing to know is that Mrs. Rich and Mr. Shipley are intimately familiar with each other and have been so for many, many years.
Needless to say, there was no time to talk about my own mother's situation. I have a legal power of attorney with regard to my mother and I want to transfer my mother's house, which she built in 1961, to a QPRT or "Qualified Personal Residence Trust", primarily to make it more difficult for my brother to seize the house, as he has been trying to do for the last ten years. I can draft the document myself, but I would greatly appreciate your guidance on how to do this, or any book of forms you can direct me to.
Incidentally, Arden Van Upp had a professional property manager back in 1968, and this manager rented two of her units in her building at 1019 Ashbury St. to Charles Manson and the Manson family. They ultimately had to be evicted. This experience tended to sour her on professional property managers, and Mrs. Rich made a comment about that at our session today.
Please do not neglect to look up the reported case of Badgley v. Van Upp, 20 Cal. App. 4th 218, 24 Cal. Rptr. 2d 406 (Cal. App. 11/1993), as this decision provides some background as to this situation. Also, if you want to learn more about me, you can look up my own case, S.E.C. v. Samuel H. Sloan, 436 U.S. 103 (1978), which I personally argued orally before the United States Supreme Court.
Very Truly Yours,
Samuel H. Sloan
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