A child custody battle that resulted in a bitter feud has resulted in one attorney being charged with theft and falsifying a will.

A difficult custody battle in Louisiana pitted Michael Davisson, represented by attorney Michael Cox, against Davisson’s ex-wife and her new husband Chris Broussard. Davisson lost the case and his ex-wife was given sole custody of their only child, Jordan Davisson.

According to Cox, Michael Davisson despised Broussard so much that he became estranged from his son and cut the son out of his will to make sure that Broussard got nothing from him. When Davisson was terminally ill, he gave power of attorney to Cox’s wife. A will was also created that left Davisson’s entire estate to Cox and his wife.

Authorities allege, however, that Cox and his wife were actually using the power of attorney to steal from Davisson while he was in the hospital.

Davisson might have grown wise to this scheme before he passed away, the article says. Cox and his wife sold Davisson’s two homes for cash. After learning of this, Davisson called Chris Broussard, the man Cox claims Davisson hated, for help as Broussard is also an attorney. KTBS reported on this story in ““I truly do hate him.” Sole heir speaks out on arrest of attorney, wife in theft case.”

Cox, who is not a notary but notarized the documents, and his wife have been criminally charged and, if convicted, Cox will most likely face discipline from the state Bar. The will was thrown out by a judge and the sale of the homes nullified.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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