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MI Supreme Court wants to hear more about lawyer's windfall

July 10, 2017

The Michigan Supreme Court is digging deeper into the case of a lawyer and his sons who inherited millions of dollars from a client.

The court heard arguments in January but wants to hear even more.

Bobby Mardigian of Charlevoix County left $16 million to a friend, Mark Papazian, and Papazian's two sons. The will is being challenged by Mardigian's relatives, who received nothing.

The relatives say Papazian violated a rule of professional conduct by drafting the will and benefiting from it. The Supreme Court issued a new order in the case Friday. Among the issues under review: whether any ethics violation should spoil a will.

Papazian's lawyer has argued that he should be granted a hearing in Charlevoix County to show there was no undue influence on Mardigian.

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