BY: ANDREW COLTON
Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The attorneys representing Ian and Germana Burlakoff may be questioned by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Detectives trying to understand what led to the murder-sucide-by-cop that left the couple dead Sunday night. Witnesses say Ian Burlakoff opened fire on his estranged wife. He was killed minutes later by Boca Raton Police.
The attorneys handling the Burlakoff divorce, E. Ross Zimmerman of Davie and Katherine L. Corrigan of Fort Lauderdale, did not respond immediately to a request from BocaNewsNow.com for comment. But attorney-client privilege does not survive death, meaning the detectives may be questioning — or preparing to question — the counselors to learn if their pending divorce was creating an abnormal level of animosity. Records that were sealed as part of the divorce proceeding, however, remain sealed — according to the Palm Beach County Clerk’s Office.
By appearance, the divorce was no more contentious than any other in Boca, with allegations of financial wrongdoing, over spending, cheating, child support issues and mental health problems.
Ian and Germana Burlakoff — and their four children, aged 7, 5 and 1, along with Ian’s 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage — were seen eating dinner together on Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton in the minutes before Ian Burlakoff killed his wife. Witnesses report an argument that started at dinner led to the shooting. The children are reportedly now with a grandparent.
Court records reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com reveal that Germana Burlakoff claimed “indigency” on August 8th as part of the divorce proceedings initiated by Ian Burlakoff who was estimated to make $800,000 a year as general manager of King Hyundai in Deerfield. The couple’s $1.8-million home in the Oaks is in the midst of foreclosure, with a court-ordered sale date set for early next year.