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Venable partner Alex Weingarten was interviewed in the August 21, 2014 edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn about an inheritance suit involving the family of the late plastic surgeon and burn treatment pioneer Richard Grossman. Grossman, founder of the Grossman Burn Center, passed away earlier this year leaving everything to his wife. Grossman’s children claim his wife manipulated him into amending his will excluding them against their father’s wishes.

Weingarten said the exact amount of the inheritance is unknown because Grossman’s widow has not provided that information. Grossman’s children are asking that his widow be removed as trustee and that his original trust be reinstated “to reflect his true intention, which is that his estate go to his children and grandchildren,” said Weingarten.

According to Weingarten, Grossman’s children are devastated at the situation. “First they’re dealing with their grief from the loss of their father. To know that their father was manipulated and taken advantage of makes it worse,” he said. “To know that their father’s legacy that he had worked his whole life for and that he made clear that he wanted to provide to them was being stolen was just devastating. Aside from the money, she won’t let them have any of his personal belongings, family heirlooms…All of that was robbed from them.”

The two sides are scheduled to meet in court on September 17 for a status conference. “We look forward to doing justice and rectifying this wrong,” Weingarten said.