Before the death of Bowsher, she instructed her executor Rick Guerard to share half of his inheritance with the five beneficiaries who include friends of Bowsher, the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. $68,000 were to go to each but the Capuchins were not able to receive their share and the other were shorted by $30,00 each as shown in the court records.
Shortly before executor Guerard died, he moved over $105,000 from Bowsher’s estate into his own accounts. Guerard’s attorney Mitchell Barrock collected almost $260,000 in fees from Guerard’s inheritance, despite a 2009 court order mandating the beneficiaries be paid before Barrock received fees.
The new executor of Bowsher’s estate is asking the court to find Guerard’s trust or Barrock in contempt for failing to pay the beneficiaries in full.
See Cary Spivak, Estate Funds Shifted to Executor’s Account, Lawyer Says, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, May 23, 2013.