Apr 29, 2015 6:56 PM
Doctor said he doubted Geraldine Webber could stay at home
DOVER - A doctor who evaluated Geraldine Webber said on Wednesday that he did not believe she could sustain herself in her own home.
Dr. John Hopkins, a gerontologist who owns Bellamy Fields and Watson Fields in Dover, said he felt like "something was missing" when he interacted with Webber.
Hopkins was testifying in Webber's estate case, being held in the probate division of Dover's 7th Circuit Court. Webber left $2.7 million to Portsmouth Police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin in her will.
Other beneficiaries named in Webber's prior estate documents are challenging the gift, saying the woman was suffering from Alzheimer's at the time she changed her will in 2012. They also claim Goodwin exercised undue influence over Webber, who was 93-years-old when she passed away.
Hopkins said elderly people in Webber's position are the most vulnerable.
"Females like her are especially at risk of exploitation," Hopkins said.
On Tuesday, Webber's former lawyer, James Ritzo, told the court that he tried to protect his client in May of 2012 by filing a complaint with Goodwin's boss.
Ritzo said Webber was incompetent because of the progression of her Alzheimer's disease.
The estate hearing is expected to last another week and a half.