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The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court’s ruling that a Boise attorney exercised “undue influence” over his elderly mother when he served as sole witness for a will leaving all her assets to him — cutting out his sister and brother.

Victoria H. Smith, who died in 2013 at nearly 100 years old, and her late husband had real estate holdings and other assets estimated at between $1 million and $27 million, according to the high court’s decision.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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