James Ritzo, attorney for the late Geraldine Webber, has motioned for a Portsmouth, N.H. judge to determine whether Webber was of sound mind and free from influence at the time of her endorsing a new will naming Detective Aaron Goodwin as her co-executor.
According to paperwork Ritzo filed to the probate court, Goodwin met Webber in November of 2010 after Webber called police to report a prowler. Two weeks after the incident, Webber contacted Ritzo to add Goodwin to her will as the sole beneficiary. Ritzo alleges that he refused to do so, believing that Webber’s mental state was questionable. The attorney also alleges that Goodwin requested the services of at least 4 other attorneys to change the will after Ritzo’s refusal. Ritzo also claims that Goodwin and Webber spent much personal time together.
Webber’s estate is estimated to be $1.6 million. Ritzo has stated that Webber’s original will was to leave her estate to such beneficiaries as the Portsmouth fire and police departments, the Shriner’s Burn Center in Boston and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center in New York.
Goodwin, however, claims no laws were broken and has since requested his name be removed as co-executor due to potential litigation.
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