A Florida man is taking advantage of the finances of his multi-millionaire cousin — who suffers from dementia — in an attempt to squeeze out his wife and minimize her inheritance, a new lawsuit claims.
Virginia Sheridan says she successfully helped her husband of 47 years, Morris Silver, run public relation firm M. Silver Associates, Inc. and even helped to broker a buyout and retirement for him in 2012 when his health was deteriorating, according to the suit filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The Manhattan woman has been a “loving wife” and Morris’ “primary caregiver, making sure he has everything he needs to thrive and live comfortably and happily,” so that the pair could live out their years together in spite of his “difficult diagnosis,” according to the court papers.
But Silver’s cousin Harris Silver in 2017, “somehow convinced Morris” to change his power of attorney from Sheridan to him, the court papers allege.
“Since then, [Harris] has taken every opportunity to harass, intimidate and defame [Sheridan],” and control “the lives and finances” of the couple, the filing claims.
Harris convinced Morris to change his will several times “minimizing [Sheridan’s] inheritance,” and switching the executor from Sheridan to himself, the suit alleges.
Harris’ behavior in the last few months has been “irrational and tyrannical,” the suit says.
The cousin allegedly withheld money from the couple and even withdrew $1.3 million from Morris’ IRA in 2020 and 2021, the papers allege.
He also asked why Morris still needed a car so that they wouldn’t have to spend money on the vehicle anymore, despite the fact that Sheridan uses it to drive her sick husband around, the suit claims.
Harris also tried to intimidate Sheridan into signing a postnuptial agreement and interfered in their attempt to buy a three-bedroom United Nations Plaza apartment so they could have space for a full time live-in aid for Morris, the filing alleges.
After the deal on the apartment fell through, the pair lost $75,000 on the down payment with another $65,000 withheld until the unit sells to another buyer, the court papers allege.
Sheridan is asking a judge to remove Harris as power of attorney and she is seeking a full accounting of Harris’ use of Morris’ funds.
Harris’ lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.