A Manhattan judge tossed a lawsuit accusing a Florida man of trying to stiff the wife of his dementia-ridden multimillionaire cousin out of her full inheritance, new court papers show.
Virginia Sheridan filed suit in September claiming that in 2017, her husband Morris Silver’s cousin, Harris Silver, “somehow convinced” the ailing man to give Harris power of attorney.
Sheridan claimed Harris also got Morris to change his will several times to minimize her inheritance as part of his alleged bid to control the New York couple’s finances.
But last week, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth tossed the suit, finding that “there has been no showing that [Harris] took money for himself, failed to provide for Mr. Silver’s care, that Mr. Silver is running out of money, or that [Harris] did anything other than take steps that were in Mr. Silver’s best interest.”
“Simply because [Sheridan] disagrees with certain actions does not mean this court should insert itself into this familial dispute,” the decision read. “The court declines to intervene without some actual showing of wrongdoing.”
Sheridan “only offers speculation and innuendo about supposed malfeasance,” Bluth wrote.
Sheridan alleged that Harris withheld money from her and Morris and even withdrew $1.3 million from Morris’ IRA in 2020 and 2021.
She also claimed the cousin tried to intimidate her into signing a postnuptial agreement and interfered in the couple’s attempt to buy a three-bedroom apartment at United Nations Plaza to add space for a full time live-in aide for Morris.
Sheridan asked the judge to remove Harris as the power of attorney and wanted a full accounting of how Harris used her husband’s money.
Bluth denied both requests in addition to dismissing Sheridan’s lawsuit.
Lawyers on both sides did not immediately return requests for comment.