Council on Aging director removes herself from client's will
UPDATE: EBR Council on Aging Director Tasha Clark Amar has removed herself as the manager of a deceased client's estate. Trudy Bihm has refused to take over in Clark Amar's place. Dorothy Jackson has removed herself as an attorney for the case.
A judge has ordered all sides until 4:30 p.m. Friday to come up with names to take over Plummer's will.
Original story below:
BATON ROUGE – The director of the local council on aging said she will remove herself as the manager of a deceased client's estate, citing escalating controversy over her involvement in the will.
WBRZ and WBRZ.com were first to report EBR Council on Aging Director Tasha Clark Amar being listed as the executrix of Helen Plummer's estate. Plummer died earlier this year and before she died, listed Clark Amar as the manager of her assets.
Clark Amar stands to gain more than $100,000 over the course of the next twenty years for handling Plummer's estate. Plummer's family questioned the move and suggested their 95-year-old family member was duped into handing over control to the director of the group. Plummer frequented council on aging events, family members said. With news of Clark Amar planning to step aside from the will, Trudy Bihm, another Council on Aging employee will be the successor according to the will.
Amid numerous WBRZ reports, officials called for both Clark Amar's resignation and an investigation into her involvement.
Monday, a number of lawmakers – including EBR Council on Aging board member and State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle – announced their support for Clark Amar.
Clark Amar has refused interviews by WBRZ and Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto, but told the Baton Rouge newspaper, she never intended to do anything controversial. Though, Clark Amar filed suit against Plummer's family from blocking her from collecting assets after the woman's death. A hearing dealing with the lawsuit was scheduled for Thursday in Judge Don Johnson's court. That hearing will be one flight of stairs below her mother Janice Clark's courtroom.
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