Pattern of Bequests Bestowed to Francis Morrissey, Brooke Astor’s Attorney

Perhaps a cautionary tale about charming lawyers who do not bill clients for services, the microscope appears to have been applied to other estates associated with Mr. Morrissey and two other attorneys he often works with. As he stands accused of forging Ms. Astor’s signature on will documents among other charges, examination of other wealthy estates reveal Mr. Morrissey has been named a beneficiary, sometimes to the dismay of decedent’s family.