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It certainly should be a motivator for everyone to get their ducks in a row, especially if someone doesn't have close family, or isn't in contact with them or friends on a regular basis.


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I also read that sad article in yesterday's NYTimes. Its too bad Karen didn't have any cousins or distant relatives,who could of come forward and this tragedy regarding her estate never would of happened Sue


True.  Amazing what some people will have the nerve to do.

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I also read that sad article in yesterday's NYTimes. Its too bad Karen didn't have any cousins or distant relatives,who could of come forward and this tragedy regarding her estate never would of happened Sue

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Her body was released to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which routinely notifies the county public administrator of each death. But that did not happen in this case, according to the public administrator, whose office oversees the estates of people who have no next of kin. (The medical examiner’s office said her records were not immediately available.)

As a result, no one knew what she had left behind: the family’s two-story home and the house next door in the Rockaways, along with two condominiums in South Florida.

Believed to have died penniless, Ms. Connors was buried on Hart Island....

 

In January 2013, Ms. Rea created the Karen M. Connors Living Trust — over a year after Ms. Connors had ceased living — in a document bearing what was purported to be Ms. Connors’s signature, according to a criminal complaint released last week. The document gave the dead woman’s jewelry, her furniture, a bank account containing more than $32,000 and the two homes to Ms. Rea, according to the complaint.

Five months later, Ms. Rea submitted paperwork to obtain power of attorney over Ms. Connors, again with the dead woman’s signature.

A month after that, Ms. Rea began a scheme that would eventually lead to her arrest, according to the complaint. She applied for Build It Back funds for repairs to the houses.

 

 

Yet another sad story of someone who lived alone and did not make plans for the time when they passed away.  Enter the greedy (unbelievably nervy) neighbor who decides to cash in.   

 

I have to shake my head.  

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Karen Mary Connors lived alone and died that way in 2011. The only child of a New York City firefighter turned lawyer, she lived her final years cloistered in what had been her family’s summer home in the Rockaways, with only a few houses standing between her and the Atlantic Ocean.

Neighbors saw her carried out into an ambulance one day, and she never returned.

In the five years since, two great indignities have been inflicted on the dead woman, coming to light in recent months and leading to a neighbor’s arrest last week.

First, there was a bureaucratic oversight before her burial; she was mistaken for a pauper and buried in a mass grave on Hart Island, the potter’s field for the city. Then, while that error went unnoticed for years, an unrelated scheme played out to steal her estate.

Ms. Connors was 63 when she died of cancer and a heart attack at Peninsula Hospital Center on Nov. 18, 2011, according to her death certificate.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/nyregion/first-a-mistaken-burial-as-a-pauper-then-the-indignities...

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