Sketchy Past for Attorney Accused of Killing her Father
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lee’s Summit attorney accused of killing her millionaire father has a history of trouble with the law.
Susan Van Note is accused of shooting 67-year-old William Van Note in 2010. Prosecutors said Van Note forged a “Power of Attorney” to deny her father life sustaining medical treatment after she shot him.
In 2002, Liz Van Note, along with her mother, Barbara, were named in a civil lawsuit. Both were accused of stealing more than $400,000 from a family member’s trust.
Merle Parks, the attorney who filed the suit against mother and daughter, said Barbara Van Note took over her mother’s care and estate in 2001. A year later family members became suspicious about money being spent and had the trust audited.
Parks said the audit found more than $400,000 was spent by Barbara for personal expenses. Parks said one of those expenses was on two homes purchased on Glen Arbor Road in Kansas City.
Parks and neighbors say Barbara lived in one of the homes and living next door — her daughter, Liz, and Liz’s husband. Parks said when the family learned that Barbara transfered the title of one of those homes to her daughter Liz and Liz’s husband, he filed separate civil suits in Jackson County on the family members behalf against Barbara and Liz to recover the missing family money.
While a judge ordered Barbara to pay back the more than $400,000, the attorney says Liz got off the hook as the judge ruled they couldn’t prove Liz was involved.
Parks said the trust seized the homes and sold them to recover some of the funds. Almost 10 years later, Liz and Barbara continue to live together, now in a house in Lee’s Summit. Barbara is reportedly Liz’s office manager at the Van Note law firm.
In regards to the murder case against Liz, her attorney told the Associate Press that she was the sole heir of her father’s estate. However, court records indicate Barbara filed a claim last year to a part of whatever estate is awarded to Liz.